Floridians woke up Wednesday to find reptiles lying prone on pool patios, sidewalks, city streets, picnic tables, and yes — terrifyingly — in cars.
“Don’t be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight,” the Miami National Weather Service office tweeted on Tuesday.
The weather forecast was pretty spot-on. Temperatures fell that night to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the area’s lowest in nine years and low enough to throw iguanas, reptiles that thrive in tropical temperatures, into shock.
That slowed the cold-blooded reptiles’ metabolisms way down to the point where they became immobile and came crashing down from trees. This is serious, folks: Iguanas can grow to up to 5 feet long and 20-odd pounds. Getting hit by one can be dangerous.
But that’s not the only threat of iguana “rain.” Iguanas can get pretty feisty when they warm up. One man was attacked by a crew of iguanas that eventually awoke from their frozen state in his car.