Sweetie’s story grabbed the limelight when a TikTok user, Rachel Bowman, shared a video of the crocodile being carried like a baby by its owner.
"We began breeding lizards 30 years ago," said Myyas Ahmed, the zoo’s general curator. "In the beginning we had a limited number, though now we have 53 lizards of multiple species, some of which are facing extinction.
Mohamed Hamdy Boshta is now the owner of the Cairo Venom Company — a project housing 80,000 scorpions in various farms across Egypt as well as a range of snakes, also kept for their venom.
Relying on donations for the roughly $300 a month needed to feed the snakes, Wilatha only keeps them until he feels they are ready to go back to the wild.
The treatment involves injecting carriers of genetic information into the brain to produce the protein, called hyper-interleukin-6, according to the university's website. The team is investigating if the treatment can be improved.
Frank Glaw, who was part of the international team of researchers that classified the new species and named it Brookesia nana said the body of the male specimen appeared to be just 13.5-millimeters-long (a little more than a 1/2-inch.)
Justin Kobylka, a snake breeder in the US accidently bred a ball python with the shape of three smiley face emojis on its body and sold the designer reptile for $6,000 (Rs 4.3 lakh).