Coles customer's 'camouflaged' find in lettuce after eating

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A teenager has revealed her shock after discovering a large frog secretly hiding inside a bag of Coles lettuce she had eaten.

Zara Bailey, 19, from Queensland, shared her horror at discovering the amphibian in the salad her family had partially devoured on Facebook on May 15, leaving users shocked at the "camouflaged" frog.

The university student said she, her mum Julia and brother Max, 22, had washed, drained and cut up some of the supermarket lettuce to have with their evening meal, before putting the remaining leaves back in the fridge.

Zara Bailey, 19, seen with her mum Julia, 49. Source: Jam Press/Australscope
The university student said she, her mum Julia and brother Max, 22, had washed, drained and cut up some lettuce to have with their dinner. Source: Jam Press/Australscope

A few days later, Zara decided to throw it out as it had gone off – and that's when she spotted the 6 centimetre green tree frog casually sitting inside.

"I saw some little eyes looking up at me," Zara told Jam Press.

"I was completely stunned when I saw him in there, I nearly dropped the bag out of shock.

"But pretty quickly I was so excited to find that he was still alive and we could save him!

“He was a pretty big frog.”

The bag of Coles lettuce. Source: Jam Press/Australscope
Zara was throwing the lettuce away days after the meal when she spotted the frog. Source: Jam Press/Australscope

Coles shoppers stunned by tree frog

Her post quickly went viral, racking up more than 7,000 likes and nearly 800 comments.

"Imagine how long the little guy must've been there waiting to be released. Wow," one person wrote.

"Oh wow! Now that's camouflage!" another person added.

"This just makes me want to go buy lettuce so I get a free frog," one enthusiastic Facebook user said.

"It's like getting a toy in the cereal," and another joked.

Pictured is the 6 centimetre green tree frog hiding in the lettuce. Source: Jam Press/Australscope
Pictured is the 6 centimetre green tree frog hiding in the lettuce. Source: Jam Press/Australscope

Although not everyone was impressed with the little green fella, as one person commented: "I’m never buying lettuce again oh my gosh. I like to love on the frogs from afar, preferably not in my home."

Zara said she placed the frog inside a strawberry container with some damp paper towel and leaves, and even bought him some mealworms to eat – although he didn't have much of an appetite after the ordeal.

"He was then given to a veterinary nurse at the place I was studying, and she took him home to her 'frog hotel' as she has an ideal environment for frogs at her home," she said.

“The last I heard, he was safe and doing well.”

Jam Press/Australscope

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