Yoga Instructor on Beach Bitten by Iguana in Viral Video Viewed 1.7 Million Times

A video showing an iguana biting a woman who was doing yoga on a beach has gone viral on Twitter, being viewed 1.7 million times as of Saturday morning.

In the video posted Friday evening, user @bahamahoopyogi—who identifies as a yoga instructor in the Bahamas—is seen practicing a yoga pose on the beach when the iguana walks up to her and bites her finger.

She yells in response, "Ow! He bit my f****** finger," and throws sand at it to get it to leave.

The yoga instructor wrote in a separate tweet that her finger began bleeding right after the bite.

I get bite from an iguana today🥲 it was bleeding pic.twitter.com/If2DaUztHf

— Blackberry con el jugo dulce🧃 (@bahamahoopyogi) August 20, 2021

Y'all here's an angle my friend caught lolll. My finger started bleeding right after 😅 pic.twitter.com/sfMLgoySfG

— Blackberry con el jugo dulce🧃 (@bahamahoopyogi) August 21, 2021

In a series of tweets posted later, she provided more information about the iguana bite. She explained that there were iguanas "all over the beach" in response to people asking if she saw it.

"Ppl go there to feed them all the time," she wrote.

The yoga instructor also wrote that her finger is okay, saying she went to the doctor and received antibiotics for the bite.

Other Twitter users took to the comments to respond to the video.

One account, @msolurin, tweeted: "What have me weak is how he bite you and stay right dere to watch you get mad."

Some people also expressed concern for the yoga instructor's well-being.

User @Lene_Marlene_, wrote: "After I laughed (sorry girl) I got concerned. Those things carry dangerous bacteria... hope you'll be ok."

Iguana bites can be both painful and potentially dangerous to people. Found in Central and South America and the Caribbean, iguanas have "exceptionally sharp" teeth that "are able to cause serious cuts," according to The Pet Enthusiast, a website that provides information about popular pets.

"An iguana bite is not poisonous or venomous, but it can do serious damage," the site said. "Iguanas have atrophied venom glands that produce only a very weak and harmless venom. Their bites can cause serious injuries to the fingers, ankles, wrists, and face."

Anyone who is bitten by an iguana is recommended to flush the bite with warm water and soap; use Betadine and antibacterial ointment; keep it covered for two to three days; and clean it daily.

Medical treatment is recommended for deep iguana bites, according to The Pet Enthusiast: "Reptiles carry negative bacteria in their mouths, which can impact antibiotic treatments. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, completing the full course."

Newsweek reached out to @bahamahoopyogi Saturday morning for comment, but had not heard back by publication. This article will be updated with any response.

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A viral video captures the moment a woman was bitten by an iguana while doing yoga on a beach. Here, a different iguana is pictured lying on rocks in the Galapagos Islands on April 14. RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP via Getty Images