Number of exotic pets taken in by the GSPCA increasing dramatically

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The number of exotic pets being taken in by the GSPCA is increasing dramatically.

Usually the charity would see two or three lizards a year, but since the start of 2016 there have been 23.

They say it is because people do not realise the amount of specialist care the creatures need.

Earlier this year saw the first ever Guernsey animal welfare prosecution after a bearded dragon and three snakes were found emaciated and dehydrated.

The owner was banned from keeping lizards and snakes, after the charity described it as the 'worst case of reptile starvation' it had ever seen.