A tree frog, native to Costa Rica and some parts of Nicaragua, had managed to stow away inside a bunch of bananas.
He made himself known as workers in the store’s Netherfield, Notts., branch were putting out the fresh fruit delivery.
They immediately called the RSPCA, who scooped up the little amphibian and placed him with a specialist keeper.
The cheeky little frog – nicknamed Lloyd – had travelled unnoticed more than 5,300 miles from his rainforest home in Costa Rica.
Workers at the store alerted the RSPCA, who came to pick him up.
“Exporters should be more conscious inspecting the boxes before shipping”
Dr Bela Barata
Animal collection officer Hayley Day said: “The little tree frog was sat on top of some of bananas which staff had started to unload and put on the shelves.
“I managed to get him inside a box with wet tissue paper inside to keep him moist.
“He must have had quite the shock when he emerged in a Nottinghamshire supermarket.
“Considering he’s used to more tropical climates usually.”
Dr Bela Barata, frog expert at the University of Kent, said: “The biggest issue with bringing frogs in accidentally is that exotic animals can carry diseases.
“I don’t think it’s a threat to UK frogs and toads, but exporters should be more conscious inspecting the boxes before shipping.”
Dr Barata said Lloyd – which she believes is a cross banded tree frog – should survive and thrive in captivity, provided the temperature and humidity was correct.
Lidl has been contacted for comment.