A baby iguana travelled from Mexico to California inside a holidaymaker's bikini top.

An eventful holiday

An eventful holiday

The small spiny-tailed iguana was found by the woman when she unpacked her luggage after a trip to Cancun and found the scaly stowaway.

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA revealed how the lizard had got into her bathing suit while it was hung out to dry, and accidentally joined her on the return trip.

According to UPI, PHS/SPCA spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox said: ''She had put her bathing suit out to dry on the balcony of her hotel room, and the next morning, packed up her belongings in her suitcase.

''Unbeknownst to her, a baby iguana had decided to nest in her bathing suit and accidentally hitchhiked to California.''

Although the animal was just a baby, adults of the species can grow up to five-feet long.

Tarbox added: ''We were advised that no mandatory quarantine was necessary and he didn't need to be returned to Mexico.

''After treating him for dehydration, he was transported to an animal sanctuary which specialises in such reptiles by the woman who found him.''