Boiled and frozen...but lizard lives!

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A WELL-HARD lizard sur­vived freez­ing, drown­ing and boil­ing af­ter stow­ing away in a stunned hol­i­day­maker’s lug­gage.

The in­de­struc­tible skink clam­bered into Sue Ban­well-moore’s suit­case and made the 3,500-mile trip from the Cape Verde Is­lands to Church­in­ford, near Taun­ton, Som­er­set.

Af­ter be­ing sub­jected to sub-zero tem­per­a­tures in the plane’s hold, more was to come for the lizard, nick­named Larry the Leg­end by Sue.

The six-inch rep­tile found it­self in the laun­dry and sur­vived a full wash…in­clud­ing a 1,200rpm spin cy­cle.

Sue said: “I was hang­ing out the wash­ing on the clothes dryer, looked down and there was this lizard.

“I put a saucepan over it, and called my daugh­ter – she was scream­ing with laugh­ter and I was scream­ing with shock.”

Larry has now made one more jour­ney – 25 miles from Church­in­ford to the Tropi­quaria Wildlife Park near Wil­li­ton, where he will live out his days.

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