A man found a chameleon on his door after putting his bins out in Fulwood.
The man made the discovery on Tuesday morning (September 20).
He was just about to go back inside his home when he spotted the brightly-coloured reptile.
The man was unsure what the reptile was so confined it in a box and took it to his mum’s house nearby. It was here that his brother realised it was a chameleon.
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The family alerted the RSPCA and animal rescue officer David Hatton was sent to collect the colour-changing lizard.
Chameleons normally live in warm habitats that range from the forest to desert conditions and rely on their environment to maintain their body temperature.
If they are not kept in warm temperatures, they can become very ill and die.
David believes the chameleon - which was in good condition - was an escaped pet but despite appeals no-one in the area has come forward to claim the animal.
He said: “It certainly isn’t something you expect to see when you are about to open your door - but the man did exactly the right thing in calling us as this beautifully colored reptile would not have survived without warmth.
“The chameleon is now safe in the care of a specialist reptile keeper.”
The finder’s mum said: “He was quite shocked as it was late at night and he was just going back inside after putting his bins out and saw this bright green coloured creature on his door.
“He brought it to our house as his brother has some knowledge of animals and he identified it as a chameleon. It was a beautiful looking animal and I am so glad to hear it is in good health in RSPCA care.”
The RSPCA urges people thinking of keeping a reptile to thoroughly research the needs of the particular species and what is required in the care of the animal, using expert sources, and only consider keeping one if they can ensure they are fully able to provide for these needs.
They also recommend that owners ask for help and advice from experienced keepers and specialist exotics vets, who are an excellent source of support for owners if they are struggling.
For details about caring for exotic pets, please visit the RSPCA webpage.
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