Little lizard from America makes it all the way to Hemel Hempstead

This little lizard was found in a transport container. He had made alive it all the way from Florida to Hemel Hempstead.
This little lizard was found in a transport container. He had made alive it all the way from Florida to Hemel Hempstead.

This little critter hitched a ride aboard a transport container and made it alive all the way from Florida to Hemel Hempstead.

The foreign invader was discovered by workers at Alfabet Removals and Storage when they were unloading a shipping container from the sunshine state.

It has been identified as a Brown Cuban Anole - a native of Florida - and is now in the hands of exotic animal experts at AmeyZoo in Bovingdon High Street.

Angie Boreham from the removals firm in Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead, estimates that the little one could have been inside the container for up to six weeks.

And the adventurous stowaway was not going to be captured again without a fight, jumping onto one worker’s head and biting another before being safely put into a small fishing bait box.

Mark Amey from AmeyZoo is keeping the lizard in his own paludarium, where he is rubbing scales with around ten other foreign lizards that have been discovered in the area.

He said: “They need a good level of UV light – similar to what they receive in their natural environment. Also, as they are cold-blooded animals, we need to warm them up as much as possible, and finally because they are carnivores, we need to supply them with live food, primarily insects and creepy crawlies.”