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. The lizard had been refrigerated for days. 

Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told NJ.com the 3-inch green anole lizard was found by a kindergartner. It was in a bundle of tatsoi greens.
 
The lizard had been cold and lifeless after being confined in a refrigerator for days. But it has been warmed and now 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. They live anywhere 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. It's a natural foods store in Princeton. Mike Atkinson is the store's produce manager and said the greens are cleaned as they're stocked. He said the lizard must have 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 or 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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  • adamp-3-bar
    1/29/2016 - 03:04 a.m.

    The lizard was a good fit as a class pet because it needed a place to live. "[The] lizard was discovered in a student's salad." If a lizard is found in a students salad that means it definitely needs a place to stay. The teacher of the class said"[the lizard is] a really fitting mascot for our science lab." This is a really cool and interesting article because I would be very surprised to find that in my salad. This teacher found a great opportunity to teach the class using the lizard.

    • meganc-wal
      3/03/2016 - 01:54 p.m.

      But aren't lizards like that meant for the out doors but if not i do agree that would be a good p,ace for the animal to stay.

  • austinh-ver
    1/29/2016 - 08:35 a.m.

    How outrageous is it that a kindergartner found a lizard in a salad. i think it would be so awesome to find a lizard, I really like lizards, and I am kinda like a lizard fanatic.

  • talas-ver
    1/29/2016 - 08:41 a.m.

    This school should pay more attention to their food and what they are serving the preschoolers. Now it's a class pet and it has to be trapped in a small place. I feel bad for it.

    • wendil-sch
      3/01/2016 - 03:03 p.m.

      Comment: +talas-ver's
      I agree with you but it is not the schools fault that a lizard was found in a kindergartner's food. Although, poor lizard.

    • wendil-sch
      3/01/2016 - 03:09 p.m.

      1:

      Who: anole lizard

      What: a lizard was discovered in a student's salad.

      Where: Riverside Elementary School

      Why: The lizard had been refrigerated for days.

      How: must have been tucked away in a leaf.

    • wendil-sch
      3/01/2016 - 03:16 p.m.

      6:
      This article is newsworthy because in the article it said,"I've been in produce for 17 years and I've never heard of a lizard making it to the customer," It is unusual that a lizard survived so that's why I think it is newsworthy.

  • peytonb-jac
    1/29/2016 - 08:53 a.m.

    The class that was chosen was science and they thought an animal like a lizard would be a good fit. And the lizard could be used for inspiration.

  • danielp-
    1/29/2016 - 09:17 a.m.

    Its cool to find a lizard but if its from the store thats surprising

  • acaciaf-
    1/29/2016 - 09:19 a.m.

    Because it is a animal that they study and they could have an actual representation about it next time.

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