A family were “amazed” and “in hysterics” when an exotic frog jumped out of their suitcase after stowing away on a journey from Florida.

The tiny creature – about the size of a ping-pong ball – travelled with the Woods family all the way from Walt Disney World to Tyne and Wear.

Dad Martin Wood said the children – Harry, eight; Oscar, six, and three-year-old Rory – were “amazed by it”.

“You just don’t expect a stowaway to come out of your suitcase in the form of a frog,” he said.

Wife Ruby was “in hysterics when the frog jumped out of the suitcase”.

They think the long-legged creature may have been inside some swimming shorts that had been hung out to dry.

They caught it, put it in a bowl of water, and called the RSPCA.

The frog was declared healthy after being taken to a specialist vet by RSPCA animal collection officer Heather Barbour.

“The vet, who keeps exotic frogs, has offered him a forever home,” Ms Barbour said.

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Other animals inadvertently brought back to the UK include lizards, crabs and even scorpions, the RSPCA said.

Holidaymakers are advised to shake out their clothes and check suitcases before boarding return flights.