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Last Updated: Wednesday May 18 2011 10:45 GMT

Open your parcel... and out pops a lizard!

Sahara the leopard gecko

One family got quite a shock - when this lizard popped out of their post! The leopard gecko, a type of small lizard, was in an envelope containing a belt that was ordered off the internet.

Sahara the leopard gecko

But the parcel's sender, who lives near Birmingham, hadn't realised that her pet gecko Sahara had crawled in too!

Sahara the leopard gecko

The lizard was then off on a 120 mile journey across England to Berkshire. But despite being in the post for two days, the creature wasn't hurt.

Sahara the leopard gecko

Phillipa, who received the unusual package, said: "My daughter opened the envelope and came running upstairs saying 'there's something alive in the package'!"