Yes, you read that right!
The National Weather Service in Miami sent a tweet warning residents that iguanas may fall from trees because of the cold air that is affecting the Sunshine State.
Jan 21 - This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr! #flwx #miami pic.twitter.com/rsbzNMgO01— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) January 21, 2020
Iguanas are cold-blooded animals, so Florida is the perfect place for them to live since it rarely gets cold there. You'll also find iguanas on a lot of the Caribbean Islands for this same reason—it's warm and they love it. So when it gets cold, you could imagine that the iguanas are not too happy.
Because of their cold-blooded nature, when temperatures dip into the 40s or the 30s in South Florida, like it did Tuesday morning, iguanas' bodies actually slow down and they become immobile. When their bodies become immobile, gravity takes over and does the rest ...
As of Tuesday morning, the Twitter-verse is lighting up with pictures of fallen iguanas, but don't worry! The iguanas are not dead, they just go dormant until temperatures warm up.
Get out the umbrellas South Florida — it’s raining iguanas ! Live at 6:30 with a look at the cold blooded creatures. pic.twitter.com/Oy7zMeksA5— Parker Branton (@ParkerWPLG) January 22, 2020
Several Floridians have seen this happen before, but it does not take away the fact that this is a very weird phenomenon—especially to those of us who don't live in Florida where this a (seemingly) normal occurrence.
I mean, come on! Florida residents are so nonchalant about this. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is laughing at Florida because of their Wind Chill Advisories that were posted because the "feels-like" temperature was going to dip into the 30s for those in South Florida.
Prayers for #Miami.— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) January 21, 2020
The city is under a Wind Chill Advisory for "frost bite and... hypothermia."
Tonight's low is forecast at 45 degrees.
You can't make this stuff up.🤣 #Florida pic.twitter.com/yWltouSJxM
Yes, we know temperatures in the 30s are not that cold, but to Floridians, this doesn't happen all that often. In fact, it's been about two years since they have seen temperatures this cold in some areas.
This has happened before, hence why residents aren't shocked by this rare forecast, but that doesn't mean that everyone knows about this phenomenon.
A story from a couple of years ago comes to mind when a gentleman from Central America, where iguanas are well-known and used as a source of protein for some, was visiting the Florida Keys during a cold snap. This gentleman saw all of these what looked like dead iguanas on the sidewalk. So, naturally, he went on to pick up said iguanas and put them in his car to use as a source of protein. No harm there, since it definitely appeared as though these iguanas were not living.
To his surprise, however, once the iguanas were placed in his car, where the temperature was obviously warmer than the outside air temperature, the iguanas started to come back to life! Iguanas are quick creatures and when you have—what I'm assuming were a few dozen iguanas in a confined space, such as a car—they started to quickly climb all over everything in an attempt to get to safety.
Imagine the surprise of the driver when this started to occur. Unfortunately, it led to him crashing his car, but luckily, he was not injured and the iguanas quickly escaped.
So far, we haven't heard any stories of this happening this go-around, but let's give it some time. All-in-all, the iguanas are fine and the Floridians made it through this cold blast of air. Thank goodness.