Chinese water dragon found wandering along Midlands street
A unusual 'dragon' has been taken in by the RSPCA after it was found alone in a West Midlands street.
The 12-inch long bright green Chinese water dragon was found on July 10, wandering along a street in Birmingham by a member of the public.
The Chinese water dragon – also known as the Asian water dragon or the green water dragon – is a lizard that is native to China and mainland south east Asia.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector, Vicki Taylor, said: “A member of the public spotted him wandering along the road and was concerned that he had been dumped. They were also worried that he seemed to be walking with a limp.
“Thankfully they were able to take him to a nearby vet and I was able to collect him and take him for specialist care.”
The RSPCA says that as exotic pets are not easy to care for, it means they are often abandoned when their owners struggle to cope – and is urging people to do their research before taking on an exotic pet.
Ms Taylor added: "We will take good care of him and if no one comes forward to claim him then we will find him a suitable new home with people who understand exotic pets and their needs.
"We would urge anyone who is struggling to take care of their pet to ask for help. Please don’t abandon your pet, there are always other options.
"You could contact the original seller or a local reptile rescue centre for help rehoming your reptile if you feel you are no longer able to care for them.”
If you have any information about how this lizard came to be abandoned, contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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