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Lizard hitches a ride in traveler's car from Florida to Massachusetts

March 31 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Boston said a lizard hitched a ride in a car and ended up traveling from Florida to Massachusetts.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston said a Massachusetts resident returned from a trip to Florida to discover the lizard, a brown anole, was hiding inside their car.

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The person brought the lizard to ARL's Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Officials said brown anoles are not native to Massachusetts. The lizard was taken to a Connecticut reptile rescue facility to be rehomed.

"ARL commends these actions and reminds the pubic that non-native species should never be released into the wild, as they can create vast ecological problems," the ARL said in a statement provided to WBZ-TV. "Any non-native species should be taken to a rescue organization like ARL -- our local environment will thank you!"

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