An Australian gave CPR to a frog eaten by a snake - and when it came back to life he named it 'Lucky'

Jamie Chapel, Snake Take Away/FacebookLucky, now well on the road to recovery

Australia is a land where stories are oft told about the things that will kill you.

But this is a story about the things that can save you from death, especially when you’re a green tree frog, eaten by a snake, then regurgitated when a human comes to deal with your nemesis.

Jamie Chapel from Snake Take Away in Townsville, far north Queensland, got a call from an elderly lady earlier this month keen to see the common tree snake squatting among her pot plants move on.

Jamie Chapel, Snake Take Away/FacebookThe guilty party, with full belly.

As he explains on his work Facebook page “when I arrived it had a lump in its body and upon seeing it I thought it has eaten a frog”.

The snake, obviously a bit freaked out by bloke who’d come for him, threw up and out popped the green tree frog, in a reptilian reproduction of Jonah and the Whale.

(On a side note, common tree snakes are non-venomous, but when threatened they release a pungent smell from their cloaca as a defence).

According to Chapel, the frog was limp, and lifeless, not to mention covered in mucous.

But when he went to dispose of the body he noticed a very tiny movement in its leg.

“I thought it may be nerves, but I decided to clean it up and start CPR or chest compressions to see if I could revive it,” he recounts.

After a minute or so, the frog started to breathe again and regained consciousness. So Chapel cleaned up the wounds and took it home to recover.

And he gave it a name.


Jamie Chapel, Snake Take Away/FacebookLucky’s war wounds after being revived by Jamie Chapel.

Speaking to ABC radio today, more than a fortnight after Lucky’s Lazarus-like moment, Chapel said the amphibian needed pain medication and antibiotics to pull through, and is now feasting on cockroaches and crickets.

It even got a treat the other night – a small mouse leftover after he’d fed some baby pythons.

Chapel is planning to set Lucky free once he’s 100%.

And apparently it’s not his first animal heart-starter – three months ago he performed CPR on the blue-tongue lizard, alas without success.

And if you like looking at photos of snakes in places most humans would prefer not to find them (a tip: check the BBQ before you turn it on), the check out Chapel’s Snake Take Away Facebook page here.

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