The RSPCA is taking care of a beautiful and unusual ‘dragon’ who was found alone in a West Midlands street.
The 12in-long bright green Chinese water dragon was found wandering along a city street in Birmingham by a member of the public.
The Chinese water dragon - also known as the Asian water dragon or green water dragon - is a lizard that’s native to China and mainland Southeast Asia.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Vicki Taylor said: “A member of the public spotted him wandering along the road and was concerned that he’d 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.”
Exotic pets aren’t easy to care for and, sadly, this does mean we often see them abandoned when their owners struggle to cope. That’s why we urge people to do their research before taking on an exotic pet.
Reptiles are completely reliant on their owners to meet their welfare needs, which include the need to be provided with the correct levels of heat, light and humidity, plus an appropriate diet and environment for the particular species.
“We’ll take good care of him and if no one comes forward to claim him then we’ll find him a suitable new home with people who understand exotic pets and their needs,” Vicki added.
“We’d 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.”
Anyone who would like further information on how to care for exotic pets should visit: www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/other.