WATCH: Lizard Gets Brought Back To Life with CPR After Drowning in Pool

by Taylor Cunningham

A kind-hearted swimmer found a nearly drowned lizard in his pool. Luckily, he jumped into action with quick thinking and first responder training. We’re pleased to report that the lizard is doing well and has returned to the wild.

That’s right, a man performed CPR on a tiny lizard. And his brother posted proof on Twitter.

“My brother found a dead lizard at the bottom of a swimming pool and gave it CPR,” tweeted Max Daly. The video appears to have been recorded by Max’s niece, who shows herself covering her mouth in what appears to be disgust. “Not long after, it revived and scuttled off,” he finished.

In the attached video, Max’s brother Carlos is shown doing quick chest compression on the yellow reptile while his daughters make comments about the lifeless creature. “Oh my god! Look, his little hand is like, flipping,” one says in the background.

Max Daly happens to write for Vice, and in a follow-up interview, Carlos recounted his story.

“It looked hapless lying there. I’d seen someone on TV give a squirrel mini heart compressions so I gave it a go with my finger,” he said on the experience. “After the first round of compressions, its mouth opened as if it was taking a breath. Then after the second round of CPR, we left it to warm up in the sun and about 45 minutes later, it scuttled off and lay on a wall. I think giving lizards CPR is a good thing, more people should try it.”

Dog Sized Lizards are Slowly Invading Southern States

In less humourous reptilian news, a dog-sized lizard seems to be invading the US southern states. The Argentine black and white tegu can get up to four feet long, live up to 20 years, and lay as many as 30 eggs a year—and the species has made its way into South Carolina and Georgia. According to Amy Yackel Adams, the lizard is slowly moving north, and they will eventually find a home in all of the warmer states. 

Floridian pet owners introduced the lizard to the US after importing close to 80,000 of them within 15 years. Over time, some of those lizards escaped or were released, and they now have a sizeable population in the United States.

The Florida Everglades, an area already brimming with invasive species, has an exploding population of Tegus. This is particularly problematic because the egg-eating lizard poses a threat to local turtle and bird populations.

“The Everglades are an internationally important hotspot of biodiversity. The national park has been greatly altered by the pythons,” said Yackel Adams. “The tegus could be a potential prey item for Burmese pythons in that system. That helps to increase the number of pythons because now they may be able to use that as prey source.”

In Georgia, the tegus are currently affecting chicken farmers because they enjoy feasting on their eggs. Conservationists are working hard to stop the reptile from spreading. But as Adams Yackel says, it is a hard population to control. In their native country, poachers target them for their skin. But the hunting hasn’t affected their numbers.