Rescuers show off exotic reptile with hopes of finding owner


A Lititz woman made quite the discovery this week when she was doing yard work.

“It’s a very odd case for the poor lady who was mowing her grass,” said Jesse Rothacker with Forgotten Friends Reptile Rescue. “She was like what in the world is this?”

Rothacker says the woman found an Inland Australian Bearded Dragon. He believes that while the woman may not have wanted to find the reptile, someone else is looking for him.

“He’s a little underweight,” Rothacker said. “Otherwise, he looks like he’s very well cared for. It gives us reason to believe this is probably someone’s beloved pet.”

Rothacker said the animal’s coloring makes him a unique find for a collector, which is why he was hesitant to show him off earlier.

Now, the push is on the get the lizard home.

“Naturally, reptiles like to play hide and seek, so it can be hard to find a lost reptile,” he said. “This poor guy obviously is not wearing a collar, so there is no way to identify his owner.”

Rothacker believes the animal’s owner had good intentions, but he said the missing pet story also comes with a warning.

“Some reptiles really benefit from natural sunlight,” he said. “It’s good to put them in the natural sunlight, but keep a close eye on them because it’s easy for them to wander off.”

Online: Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary

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