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Teenagers find lizard skeleton buried in tree bed

Teenage girls discovered the skeleton of a lizard yesterday when they were wedding a tree bed in Bólstadarhlíd in central Reykjavík while working as gardeners, a summer job offered to teenagers by Reykjavík City.

“The girls all stared screaming,” foreman Gunnhildur Bödvarsdóttir told Fréttabladid. “I saw something that I thought was a rat, a big rat. But then I noticed spikes on its tale, so I realized it couldn’t have been a rat.”

“The beast probably died last winter,” said Gudmundur Einarsson at Keldur, the Institute for Experimental Pathology of the University of Iceland.

Einarsson said the lizard probably escaped from someone’s home and died from the cold or that someone had buried it in the tree bed.

“The carcass will be burned to prevent infection,” Einarsson said, adding that exotic animals like lizards, tarantulas and snakes are discovered in Iceland a few times a year. They can carry diseases like salmonella and need to be caught.

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