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Woman Bitten By Iguana On Beach While Doing Yoga Pose

Woman Bitten By Iguana On Beach While Doing Yoga Pose

The video has been watched more than 3 million times

Simon Catling

Simon Catling

We've all been there: doing some yoga on a golden beach in beautiful weather when an iguana decides to try and take a chunk out of your outstretched hand.

That's what happened to Twitter user @bahamahoopyogi at any rate, whose footage of getting interrupted by the lizard has gone viral and been viewed more than 3.3 million times on the social media platform. Watch the video here:

In the clip, the yoga instructor is stretched with her back arched and her left arm reaching out. Her fingers dangling there are clearly just too much temptation for the nearby iguana who comes over and gives her a nibble.

For a yoga instructor, the woman loses her zen pretty quickly, calling out "Ow! He bit my f****** finger!"

In fairness we can imagine it hurt a fair bit.

She then throws sand at the creature to get it to scurry off.

Apparently it was a nasty enough bite to draw blood. Many who watched the video asked her if she'd seen the iguana before it came to bite her, but it turns out there were dozens of the lizards knocking about.

She wrote: "Everyone keeps asking if I didn't see if. To be clear, there were iguanas all over the beach. Ppl go there to feed them all the time.

She then posted another video clip, showing herself surrounded by the animals.


She also said her finger was OK and that she went to the doctor and received antibiotics for the bite.

The video received thousands of comments, with a lot of people taking sides with the iguana.

One wrote: "What have me weak is how he bite you and stay right dere to watch you get mad."

Another joked: "He really sat there after like 'so wassup cuhh'."

Others, though, were concerned for her, with one user writing: "After I laughed (sorry girl) I got concerned. Those things carry dangerous bacteria... hope you'll be ok."


Joking aside, as well as being painful, iguana bites can potentially be dangerous to people. Inhabiting mainly Central and South America and the Caribbean, they have 'exceptionally sharp' teeth that 'are able to cause serious cuts,' according to pet website The Pet Enthusiast.

The site says: "An iguana bite is not poisonous or venomous, but it can do serious damage.

"Iguanas have atrophied venom glands that produce only a very weak and harmless venom. Their bites can cause serious injuries to the fingers, ankles, wrists, and face."

The site goes on to say that anyone bitten by an iguana is recommended to flush the bite with warm water and soap, use Betadine and antibacterial ointment and then keep it covered for two to three days, cleaning it daily.

Medical treatment is recommended for deep iguana bites.

According to The Pet Enthusiast: "Reptiles carry negative bacteria in their mouths, which can impact antibiotic treatments. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, completing the full course."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@bahamahoopyogi

Topics: Viral, World News, Animals