Imagine you sit down to eat a nice, healthy, crisp salad for lunch. You wash it, throw on some grape tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some slice avocado.
Then you go in for a bite---your fork gets stuck on something firm---and it wasn't the avocado or tomatoes.
It's a 3-inch lizard, minus the tail.
According to Seacoastonline, this exact scenario happened to a Maine woman named Michelle Car on Jan 29th.
“It was longer than my middle finger without its tail. We’re not talking about a spider or a bug or even a little salamander. This was a huge lizard with scales,” said Carr, a registered hematology oncology bone marrow transplant nurse. “I instantly wretched and I was revolted because I thought for a second I could’ve eaten its tail.”
After vomiting and getting over her shock, Carr feared she could have ingested harmful bacteria and would be required to be on a five-day salmonella and E. coli watch.
Carr said she bought a bag of store-brand romaine lettuce at a Shaw's supermarket in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Jan. 26.
She had a friend who is a biologist examine the lizard and told her it could have been a blue-bellied lizard, which primarily live in California and can be up to 8.4 inches long, according to the Burke Museum at the University of Washington.
The lettuce was distributed by a California company.
Carr called Shaw's supermarket and representatives at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services .
A Department of Health spokesperson said since the lettuce was packaged and shipped from another state, any investigation would be conducted by the Food and Drug Administration.
A supermarket spokeswoman said it notified the supplier.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.