A video showing an iguana biting a woman doing yoga on a beach went viral on Twitter, viewed 1.7 million times on Saturday morning.
In the video posted on Friday night, user @bahamahoopyogi – who identifies as a yoga teacher in the Bahamas – is seen practicing a yoga pose on the beach when the iguana walks up to her and bites her finger.
She shouts in response, “Ouch! He bit my finger f ******” and throws sand at him to make him go.
The yoga instructor wrote in a separate tweet that her finger had started to bleed right after the bite.
In a series of tweets posted later, she provided more information about the iguana bite. She explained that there were iguanas “all over the beach” in response to people asking if she had seen them.
âPeople go there to feed them all the time,â she wrote.
The yoga instructor also wrote that her finger was okay, saying she went to the doctor and was given antibiotics for the bite.
Other Twitter users took advantage of the comments to respond to the video.
One account, @msolurin, tweeted: “What makes me weak is the way he bites you and just stands there to watch you get angry.”
Some people have also expressed concern for the well being of the yoga instructor.
User @Lene_Marlene_ wrote: “After I laughed (sorry daughter) I got worried. These things contain dangerous bacteria … I hope you are okay.”
Iguana bites can be both painful and potentially dangerous to humans. Found in Central and South America and the Caribbean, iguanas have “unusually sharp” teeth which “are capable of causing severe cuts”, according to The Pet Enthusiast, a website that provides information on popular pets.
âAn iguana bite is not poisonous or poisonous, but it can cause serious damage,â the site said. “Iguanas have atrophied venom glands that produce only very weak and harmless venom. Their bites can cause serious injury to the fingers, ankles, wrists and face.”
It is recommended that anyone bitten by an iguana rinse the bite with lukewarm water and soap; use betadine and an antibacterial ointment; keep it covered for two to three days; and clean it daily.
Medical treatment is recommended for deep iguana bites, according to The Pet Enthusiast: âReptiles carry negative bacteria in their mouths, which can impact antibiotic treatments. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, supplementing the treatment.”
News week contacted @bahamahoopyogi on Saturday morning for comment, but had not received a response by post. This article will be updated with any response.