Salmonella risk? Shop owner hit employees with bearded dragon lizard

A Florida man was arrested after authorities say he swung a bearded dragon lizard around his head and struck employees with the animal.

bearded_dragon_picBenjamin Herman Siegel, owner of Siegel Reptiles in South Florida, was caught Friday on video putting a bearded dragon lizard in his mouth, throwing the animal in the air and swinging the animal around his head multiple times, according to a Broward County Sheriff’s Office police report.

He was charged with two counts of battery and animal cruelty.

The police report said Siegel, 40, also hit employees multiple times with the dragon and threw Gatorade on them.