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New Yorker Finds Green Anole Lizard Head In Her Kale Salad

Woman was about 1/4 done with her salad when she saw a lizard head in the corner of the bowl.

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If the snake in the New York cab news story wasn't enough, this one might just cause you to lose your appetite, as ABC News is reporting that a woman found the head and some guts of what appeared to be a green anole (Anolis carolinensis) in her kale salad. Robin Sandusky had a salad delivered to her office in New York City from a restaurant called Guy & Gallard March 11 and was eating the salad when she noticed the remains of the reptile in the corner of the salad bowl.

“I turned it over and the gore was hanging out the back of the neck,” Sandusky told ABC News. “I said, ‘Oh man. I have a lizard in my salad.’”


Sandusky called the restaurant for a refund but refused the offer of a replacement salad. She then put the lizard head on the fork and closed the lid of the salad container and left it on the receptionist's desk. She then took a photo of the hapless lizard head.

“How many times are you going to have that happen in your life?” she told ABC News. “The reaction to it has been a lot more insane than the actual event.” She said a  New York Post reporter was stalking her outside her apartment apparently trying to secure an interview.

A spokesperson for Guy & Gallard told the news channel that the kitchens of the restaurant chain are kept to the highest standards but out of precaution, threw out all the remaining lettuce, but refused to concede that the lizard head originated from the restaurant's salad.

Guy & Gallard is apparently a very popular restaurant chain in New York City with Yelp ratings averaging 3.4 to 4 stars. No mention though of any reptiles on the menu. For reptile grinds, you'll have to visit this Florida Pizzeria

Green anoles are native to the Southeastern United States and have been introduced in Southern California, Hawaii and Japan. They live from 2 to 5 years and make great beginner lizards for the new reptile keeper.