Oregon Grandma Performs CPR On Bearded Dragon And Saves Grandson’s Pet

August 8, 2014

Kudos to Sherrie Dolezal of Salem, Ore. for saving her grandson's beloved bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) via CPR, yes CPR. According to the Statesman’s Journal, Dolezal a self described reptile rescuer, found the pet bearded dragon unconscious in his pool outside in his enclosure and immediately started to try and revive him by hanging him upside down and watched water pour out of his mouth. She then proceeded with chest compressions and blowed air into his mouth. A few moments later, Del Sol opened his eyes and started to move about like bearded dragons do.

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Bearded dragons are popular pet lizards that originally came from Australia.

Bearded Dragon Information

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Herp Habitats: Bearded Dragon

Dolezal told the paper that she forgot to put the rocks back into the pool so he could climb out. Del Sol is one of 21 lizards that Dolezal keeps in her home. Consider Del Sol a lucky beardie. He gets to live longer and eat more crickets and veggies.

Bearded dragons are popular pet lizards that originally came from Australia. They are now widely bred in captivity in the United States and are one of the most popular pet reptiles in the hobby. 

The New York Daily News has an interview with Dolezal.  

John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

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