A cheeky lizard has swapped sunny Greece for South Wales after sneaking into a holidaymaker's suitcase.

Lizard swaps Greece for South Wales

Lizard swaps Greece for South Wales

The stowaway Balkan Lizard left behind the scorching 26C (79F) temperatures of Kos and travelled over 2,000 air miles to Bridgend, where he was discovered unharmed and subsequently taken to Silent World, which specialises in exotic creatures.

RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis said: ''We're really grateful to the callers, who contacted us and safely confined the lizard in their utility room before we came and made the rescue.

''As a stowaway in a suitcase from Kos to Bridgend for many hours, and with temperatures falling from a high of 26C to 15C, this was some ordeal for the reptile.

''Fortunately, this lizard is now at a specialist centre in Pembrokeshire for boarding and care and is doing well. It is anticipated it will now live there, in safe and appropriate conditions.''