Pensioner finds dragon lurking in Portsmouth back garden

FOUND Spike the bearded dragon lizard.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (113123-6)
FOUND Spike the bearded dragon lizard. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113123-6)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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SPIDERS, slugs and ants are the kind of creatures you usually find lurking at the bottom of your garden.

But staff at a reptile shop were stunned to find a bearded dragon lizard hiding in the grass at a house in Paulsgrove.

The lizard was captured by the Southcoast Exotics shop in London Road, Cowplain.

It was found in the back garden of a house in Blakemere Crescent, Paulsgrove.

Staff at the reptile shop are now trying to trace the pet’s owners – or they may be forced to find him a new home.

Manager James Grant said: ‘He is definitely someone’s pet and we can see he is very well looked after.

‘He was in very good shape and was even well manicured.

‘But somehow this guy has escaped.

‘It was an elderly chap who found him and he was a bit surprised to see him at the end of his garden.

‘We really hope we can find his owner and give him back to them.’

Staff at the reptile shop have nicknamed the lizard Spike.

Spike is thought to be around three or four years old.

Mr Grant added: ‘They are extremely common pets at the moment, to the point that we are selling hundreds every year.

‘They are really good pets to have because they are of such a good temperament and owners can get quite a bond with them.’

Anyone who thinks the lizard might belong to them or has information about its owner should contact Southcoast Exotics on (023) 9226 9362.

Southcoast Exotics will ask for photographic proof of ownership before handing the lizard over.