A European journey…
A very unusual guest has recently visited us, its story is even more unusual. A shop assistant working at the Przemyśl grocer’s saw ‘something’ moving in a crate full of citrus fruit. The woman was so frightened that she decided to call the municipal police and soon they found a lizard of unknown species. The reptile, which was quickly caught, was then delivered to our centre. Here, weak and extremely exhausted, it was thoroughly examined and luckily it turned out that the animal did not suffer any serious injuries. We knew straightaway that we were to do with some exotic species not to be found in Poland. As we do not meet reptiles on every day basis, we could not say for certain the exact species. An expert in this field, Mr. Piotr Sura, a PhD from the Jagiellonian University, had to be called to identify the lizard. According to him, our unusual guest turned out to be a snake-eyed lizard – the only lizard of Ophisops species found in Europe. After a quick investigation we discovered that the reptile probably came from Turkey where it can be seen quite often. The lizard was really lucky to be found during its journey, unfortunately, it was not the best time for the reptile to travel round Europe. At this time of the year the cold winter weather make it hard for such animals to survive, especially when they do not hibernate. The lizard is currently staying in our centre and it is slowly but surely coming round after exhausting journey. This very week the reptile will be moved to Krakow where Mr. Sura will take it under his wing.
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