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.
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.
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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