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Bearded Dragon found on a Rushcliffe roadside dies after being rescued

The reptile was found in a grass verge along Landcroft Lane, Sutton Bonington on Tuesday May 11 by a concerned member of the public.


The finder picked up the dragon and took him home where he kept him warm until RSPCA inspector Dave McAdam collected the poorly reptile and took him to a vet for treatment.


The dragon was extremely poorly and was diagnosed as suffering from metabolic bone disease which is caused by the lack of UV light.

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Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved the dragon later died.


Dave said: “We are extremely grateful to the finder who did all they could to help this poor reptile.


“The area where this poor bearded dragon was found was in beautiful countryside in the middle of nowhere and as he was suffering from metabolic bone disease, displayed by deformed legs and tail,  it just doesn’t seem realistic that this dragon made it there by himself and I can only assume he’s been abandoned.

Bearded Dragon found on a Rushcliffe roadside

“Sadly it is not unusual for us to be called out to collect abandoned reptiles. Many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on. We would urge prospective owners to thoroughly research the needs of the particular species and what is required in the care of the animal, using expert sources, and only consider keeping one if they can ensure they are fully able to provide for these needs.”


“Abandoning a reptile or releasing unwanted exotic pets into the wild is cruel and illegal, as most exotic animals kept as pets are unlikely to be able to survive in the wild in Britain.

“If you do find yourself in a situation where you can no longer look after your pet, there are options available. 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.


“If anyone has any information as to who may have owned this bearded dragon I would urge them to call me on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018. “


RSPCA officers are called out to deal with hundreds of stray or abandoned reptiles every year.


To learn more about how to care for these animals, see our care sheets for some of the more commonly kept exotic pets, including bearded dragons.


To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit the website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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