In the first episode of Watchmen – a TV series inspired by the comics of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, but set in the present day – suddenly a rain of squid paralyzes the traffic of New York. In the last minutes of Magnolia – a film by Paul Thomas Anderson with, among others, Tom Cruise – frogs from the sky rain in a rightly famous scene. In both cases, however, all the protagonists do not seem to worry much about the event.
These are normal episodes for them, but what to call unusual would be an understatement: yet what was announced by the Florida meteorological service does not go very far. Yes, because neither frogs nor squid rain in the south of the Sunshine State , but iguanas. You got it right, it’s all true. ” It’s not something we usually expect” – wrote the National Weather Service (Nws) on Twitter – ” but don’t be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees “.
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
The news was also picked up by the New York Times , which explained the phenomenon – not unusual for the area and last occurred a few days ago, when it was colder. The drop in temperatures – Tuesday ranged between -1 ° C and about 4 ° C – stuns the reptiles that, unable to move because of their cold blood, fall from the trees where they usually settle at night.
Those iguanas you see everywhere will eventually wake up and scurry off. Here’s one outside our Broward Bureau doing just that: pic.twitter.com/UKV6BtWuhU
— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) January 22, 2020
To see them on the ground, one has the impression that they died frozen, but in reality – explain both the weather report and the New York newspaper – there is no need to worry, because as soon as the temperatures rise again, the heat of the sun will awaken them.
The scientific explanation had been given by Ron Magill to the Nyt a few years ago: on that occasion, he had also explained that the iguanas that survive rejuvenate , transmitting the gene to future generations.
#onlyinflorida We found this little guy a few minutes ago at a park across from the @PalmBeachZoo definitely a first seeing cold stunned iguana. @WPTV @FOX29WFLX pic.twitter.com/xWf4pKm6o9
— Janny Rodriguez (@JannyReports) January 22, 2020
That this phenomenon arouses curiosity is not surprising. A local television network – Wplg Local 10, affiliated with the ABC – sent a journalist to check it out on the ground. There are also those who take the opportunity to hunt and sell them online. “You understand it’s cold when you see iguana meat on the Facebook Marketplace,” wrote a resident on Twitter. The news is also reported by the Miami Herald, which explains how the animal is known by the nickname, chicken of trees. Commonly hunted in many parts of Central and Latin America, including the Caribbean, iguanas are absolutely edible and rich in protein, says the newspaper.
You know it’s cold when Facebook Marketplace got garrobo meat for sale #BecauseMiami #ChickenOfTheTrees pic.twitter.com/4SOECovESa
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) January 22, 2020
However, it is estimated that Florida’s invasion of these reptiles will end in a couple of decades. Or rather, it will move: the iguanas are not originally from the country, but they arrived precisely because of the subtropical heat, creating many inconveniences. By tempering more and more, they will be able to move further north, resisting a colder climate. So don’t worry: if iguanas are raining there is no apocalypse going on, the mercury column has just lowered.