On July 13th, a one-meter-long lizard checked into a pet hospital in Nanjing for treatment for his gum abscess, which had apparently been causing him some discomfort while eating over the past two weeks.
According to the reptile’s attending physician, the trickiest part of the surgery was that lizards are able to hold their breath for as long as 30 minutes, making it difficult to use inhalational anesthetic on them. What’s more, some reptiles can also maintain their heartbeat for two days after they die, making it difficult for the surgeon to know if his patient was still alive.
Fortunately, this little guy did make it through the surgery and seems to be recovering well. Hopefully, from now, he will remember to floss.