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)
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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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COMMENTS (373)
  • jennab-
    1/29/2016 - 09:38 a.m.

    it was a really fitting mascot for the science lab

  • hunterl-mea
    1/29/2016 - 10:14 a.m.

    The lizard was well fit for a class pet because I'm sure all of the kindergartners were thrilled to find him. He acts as a good learning opportunity for the children, since the teacher can inform them about the industry and possibly how he got in there. This situation would most likely stimulate the kids intrest on learning about reptiles, and this would provide a good opportunity of student participation and focus. Lizards are simple creatures that don't take much work to maintain, so that would also help qualify him. If the lizard survived the refrigerator, he should be allowed a luxury life from that point on.

  • keidint-dal
    1/29/2016 - 11:37 a.m.

    Its very cool that a kid finds a lizard in his salad and survives from the cold for days and now is there class pet




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  • leahb-dal
    1/29/2016 - 11:37 a.m.

    I would totally freak out if I saw a lizard in my lunch!

  • sharniac-wil
    1/29/2016 - 11:39 a.m.

    I think the lizard wanted the leaf to be his home
    I also think the lizard is a good class pet because instead of freezing to death the lizard can be warm
    and have people taking care of him and giving him food!

  • jordana-dal
    1/29/2016 - 11:40 a.m.

    why the lizard is a good fit for the class pet because its very small all they have to do is feed it a little food every day . they can take care of it cause they found the lizard in one of the kids lunch boxes and you don't have to do anything with it but take care of the lizard.

  • justinw-dal
    1/29/2016 - 11:40 a.m.

    I think this is cool and that is a funny name.I also think green fruit loop should be called scaly gekko

    • michaelc2-dal
      1/29/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

      Hahaha! That is really funny!

    • michaelc2-dal
      2/05/2016 - 11:36 a.m.

      Yeah. It should! :]

  • henryh-dal
    1/29/2016 - 11:41 a.m.

    This is very good in many reasons.First reason, is that always look before you eat.Second, always try to save any living thing what if you were the lizard?

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