80-pound iguana found inside Florida pizza restaurant's freezer

A dead 80-pound iguana was found in the freezer of a pizza restaurant in Florida.

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West Palm Beach pizzeria Pizza Mambo was allegedly storing the giant lizard after it was given to the owner as a gift to eat later, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Though the lizard was housed in a separate mini-freezer, and not with the restaurant’s food storage, it was still a violation of health code.

Though the lizard was housed in a separate mini-freezer, and not with the restaurant’s food storage, it was still a violation of health code. (iStock)

According to reports, the iguana was discovered by state inspectors who were performing a health code check.

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Though the lizard was housed in a separate mini-freezer, and not with the restaurant’s food storage, the discovery was still counted as a violation of health code. The lizard was reportedly discarded immediately afterward.

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Among the 27 violations the eatery faced were rodent droppings, dead roaches, food with “mold-like growths” and equipment that was not properly cleaned, the report shared.

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The restaurant was forced to temporarily close on June 18 for a day, the Sun-Sentinel reported, due to the violations, 10 of which were classified as high-priority.