Student finds lizard in lunch
Student finds lizard in lunch A 3-inch green anole lizard, that was found in a bundle of tatsoi greens last week by a kindergartner at Riverside Elementary School, sits in an enclosure Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Princeton, N.J. (Mark Eastburn via AP)
Student finds lizard in lunch
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A New Jersey elementary school science class has a new pet after a lizard was discovered in a student's salad after being refrigerated for days. Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told a 3-inch green anole lizard was found by a kindergartner in a bundle of tatsoi greens.
The lizard had been cold and lifeless after being confined in a refrigerator for days, but has since been warmed and lives in a cage in Eastburn's class.
"It's a really fitting mascot for our science lab," he said.
The lizard, dubbed "Green Fruit Loop," came from Florida. Eastburn said green anole lizards live in the southeastern states, from Texas to North Carolina.
"It probably has some moderate adaptation to the cold, which is why it made it through," Eastburn said.
The tatsoi had been bought from Whole Earth Center, a natural foods store in Princeton. Mike Atkinson, the store's produce manager, said the greens are cleaned as they're stocked and that the lizard must've been tucked away in a leaf.
"I've been in produce for 17 years and I've never heard of a lizard making it to the customer," Atkinson said.
He said he doesn't think the lizard would have made it in a conventional, non-organic box.
"It might normally surprise or freak out conventional shoppers, but the majority of organic shoppers realize that produce is grown on a farm and there's lots of bugs and animals that live on a farm too," Atkinson said.

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Why was the lizard a good fit as a class pet?
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  • johnk-mea
    1/29/2016 - 10:10 a.m.

    As a science class you study all the parts of the earth. That includes all of the plants and animals, so a lizard would fit right in.

  • emmak-mea
    1/29/2016 - 10:12 a.m.

    The lizard was a good fit as a class pet because it was a good learning experience for students. It's also pretty cool to have it as a class pet since they found it in the refrigerator. I'm surprised it survived.

  • whitneyb-mea
    1/29/2016 - 10:13 a.m.

    A lizard would be considered a good class pet, because lizards don't make noises, they are small and easy to move around, and easy to take care of. Why the Lizard is good for the science class is because he came from the outdoors and is a good animal to study. Also the little lizard went through quite a dramatic experience being boxed up in a salad container and refrigerated for a few days! The lizard can be an example to kids how certain animals can with stand extremities.

  • kelseyb-mea
    1/29/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    The boy found it in his greens and so since Green Fruit Loop is in a science class, they can study his behavior and what he eats and stuff like that. Science classes study the environment and animals and things like that so it can contribute to their learning.

  • kimberlyr-mea
    1/29/2016 - 01:18 p.m.

    I believe the lizard was a good class pet, because it was a science class. In science you learn a lot about sea animals, reptiles, the reason why dinosaur's don't exist anymore and many other things. He makes a great class pet, because he is a good resemblance or "mascot" for science."

  • nicolel-mea
    1/29/2016 - 01:20 p.m.

    The lizard is a good conversation starter and a good, new learning experience for the staff and the students. Plus in science you study animals so the lizard should fit right in.

  • cameront-mea
    1/29/2016 - 01:25 p.m.

    It is a really fitting mascot for their science lab. Also, it adapted in the cold, which it cam from Texas, which could be a topic they learn about. Adaption, could a science topic. Plus, it's a good learning experience.

  • preciousd-mea
    1/29/2016 - 01:26 p.m.

    it is something good because they help the Lizard live to see another day instead of letting it die so that makes it a good class pet. and it makes it a good science expertiment.

  • alexanderh1-rob
    1/29/2016 - 01:50 p.m.

    I think the lizard is a good science mascot because science is about discovery and learning about the world around you.

  • dandreg-rob
    1/29/2016 - 01:52 p.m.

    I think the lizard was a good idea for a class pet because it shows how animals adapt to their environment to survive.

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