Ikea shopper baffled after discovering lizard nestled in her potted plant

An Ikea customer was left in shock after discovering a lizard nestled away in a plant she bought as the Swedish superstore.

After shopping in the Exeter Ikea on Monday, April 19, the camouflaged grey-brown lizard was spotted hiding among the leaves.

Unsure what to do the customer called the RSPCA for assistance and was informed by the officer that the lizard was a gecko.

Geckos are traditionally found in much warmer climates all around the world so it is a mystery as to how this particular lizard was found in Ikea, reports DevonLive.

Animal collection officer for the RSPCA, Clara Scully said: " “A member of the public got more than they bargained for with this plant. This little fella was hidden in the leaves.

"He is now safe awaiting transfer for his new home by one of our exotic officers.”

The RSCPCA receives thousands of calls each year regarding stowaways found in unusual places.

Some of the most common finds among the exotic species include spiders, and sometimes even snakes.

Most can not be sent back to their country of origin which could be 1,000s of miles away.

Instead, they are re-homed with specialist keepers, zoos, or wildlife parks who have the expertise to take care of them.

Geckos, like other reptiles, have specific requirements regarding temperature, lighting and humidity and it is unlikely that the one discovered would have survived at this time of year in the UK.

In St Albans, Hertfordshire a man said he "s*** himself" after finding an "aggressive" snake in his kitchen while making breakfast.

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Gavin, who originally comes from Sydney, said he accidentally knocked the exotic serpent onto his kitchen floor while coming down the stairs but has no idea where it came from.

Gavin described the snake as "quite aggressive" and left it to his partner Rosie to handle the suspected escaped pet corn snake.

After speaking with the RSPCA, the snake was taken to Oaklands College which has a specially designed habitat section for snakes as part of its animal-focused courses.

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