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Woman Discovers Iguana In Toilet

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A Florida woman got a shock when she was cleaning her toilet on Nov. 20.

Dani Craven was cleaning her master bathroom around 6 p.m., when she came across an unexpected visitor, according to WTVT.

"I sprayed the whole top of the toilet," she told WTVT. "I lifted the seat, and I saw this tail curved around the bowl."

It turned out to be a 12-inch-long iguana, weighing around 5 ounces. Craven posted a message on social media asking for help, and got a response from her friend, Shannon Walker.

"She sent me a message and said, 'I will come get your baby lizard,'" added Craven.

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"I told her, 'Get some gardening gloves, get a cooler, get a net, be ready for when I get there,'" said Walker.

Although she appeared to know what she was doing, Walker admitted it wasn't easy.

"I was shaking," she added. "I couldn't believe I did it."

The iguana is now being taken care of by Justin Matthews, a conservationist. In recognition of where the reptile was found, Matthews is calling him Flushy.

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"I have been rescuing iguanas over 30 years," he told WTVT. "I have never seen an iguana in a toilet. If they would have flushed that toilet, he would have just kept going underwater."

Walker was relieved that everyone ended up happy, including Matthews, who will use Flushy to teach children about animals and conservation.

"The fact that no iguanas were hurt in this production, everybody was safe, he has a good home, he is going to be used for education, all is well," she added.

Iguanas seem to turn up in toilets more often than most might think.

In May, another woman in Florida was surprised by an iguana in her toilet bowl. She responded by closing the lid and calling 911.

"This is the first time I've ever found an iguana in the toilet," Lt. Scott Mullin of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One unit told the Miami Herald.

He added that he asked the dispatcher to confirm that it was not a snake.

When he arrived at the home, Mullin said the grandmother, her daughter, and children were waiting for him to get to work. 

Mullin put on some gloves, removed the iguana, put it in a box, and transported it to a wildlife conservation center.

"I have no idea how it got there," added Mullin. "[I'm] guessing it probably came up through the pipes."

Sources: WTVT, Miami Herald / Featured Image: Kayambe/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: The Photographer/Wikimedia Commons, Rjcastillo/Wikimedia Commons

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