Lizard that survived 13 hour Barbados flight in a make-up bag handed over to Sheffield wildlife centre

Lizzie found in a make-up bag from Barbados handed in at Tropical Butterfly House
Lizzie found in a make-up bag from Barbados handed in at Tropical Butterfly House
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A Lizard that survived a 13 hour, 5,318 mile flight has been handed in at Sheffield wildlife centre.

Lizzie the Barbados Anole Lizard, was discovered in a make-up bag and has now been given over to the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre.

A visitor of the centre had been holidaying in Mexico and had no idea what was travelling with her belongings back to Manchester Airport.

On her return home, she had a shock when opening her make-up bag; staring back at her was the Lizard, now affectionately known to staff as Lizzie.

Lizzie is now settling in to life at the Wildlife Centre.

The Barbados Anole is a species of Anole Lizard that is native to Barbados, in the Caribbean.

Zoo curator and centre manager, Andrew Reeve, gave advice to people who happen to find a unusual reptile in their luggage.

He said: “If a member of the public finds an animal that has accidentally travelled over with them from abroad, they can either call the Tropical Butterfly House on 01909 569 416, the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 03459 33 55 77, or the RSPCA’s cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

“This will mean that the animal can be properly identified and cared for.

“Correct identification is important as some tropical species eat insects whilst others have mainly fruit based diets.

“Lizards, like other reptiles, have specialist needs including controlled temperature and humidity.

“This lizard would certainly not survive UK temperatures. To release a non-native into the wild is an offence.”