Benjamin Herman Siegel, 40, was arrest Friday and charged with cruelty to animals and battery after the bizarre attack on his employees, during which he allegedly put a bearded dragon lizard in his mouth.

He’s certainly got a taste for the unusual.

A Florida reptile store owner made notorious after a man died during a 2012 insect eating contest at the business is behind bars after he smacked employees with a bearded dragon lizard and even put it in his mouth during a bizarre attack, police said.

Benjamin Herman Siegel, 40, faces several charges, including battery and cruelty to animals after the incident Friday at Ben Siegel Reptiles, his Deerfield Beach, Fla., business.

The eccentric owner is seen on surveillance tape throwing the lizard in the air and swinging it around, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report obtained by WTVJ-TV. Siegel was also allegedly seen slapping his employees with the helpless critter and throwing Gatorade on the workers at the store along West Hillsboro Boulevard.
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