Brighton and Hove Information » Brighton reptile centre welcomes stowaway gecko from China


Overlook Skinny Lizzy and meet Skinny Lizard – a 4in gecko now being cared for by RSPCA employees on the charity’s Brighton reptile rescue centre.

The employees on the Patcham centre nicknamed the well-travelled gecko Skinny Lizard after it survived a 4,800-mile journey from China inside a field of musical devices.

The tiny creature made the journey inside a sealed ocean transport container which was dispatched three months in the past.

It was discovered at a musical instrument importing firm in Maidstone, Kent, on Monday final week (24 January).

The RSPCA’s Clive Hopwood got here to the rescue and picked up the Asian home gecko, bringing it to the charity’s Brighton reptile centre in Braypool Lane.

Mr Hopwood stated: “The employees had been unpacking a field when the little gecko scuttled out.

“The field had been a part of a cargo that had travelled over from China in a sealed ocean transport container in October however the field wasn’t unpacked till three months later.

“It’s superb that this little gecko survived such a protracted journey and such a very long time shut contained in the sealed packaging however they had been in a position to confine him after which known as us for assist.

“I took Skinny Lizard to our consultants at Brighton Reptile Rescue who’ve recognized him as an Asian home gecko and can discover him a specialist residence.”

The RSPCA stated that Skinny Lizard was fortunate to outlive as reptiles are ectothermic, that means that they depend on their setting to heat up or quiet down as wanted.

The charity hopes that his journey will remind holidaymakers at all times to provide their suitcases a radical verify earlier than flying residence.


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