by Brigit Katz/Smithsonianmag.com

The weather warning came with a disclaimer.

“This isn’t something we usually forecast,” the Miami National Weather Service wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, “but don’t be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight.”

As temperatures in the southern part of the Sunshine State dipped between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, Florida residents encountered not slow or sleet, but frozen reptiles tumbling from trees. Cold-blooded iguanas are exothermic, meaning that they rely on environmental temperatures to maintain their own body temperature. Cold weather stuns the lizards, rendering them unable to grip the trees where they like to roost at night.

The immobile iguanas may look “dead as a doornail,” Ron Magill, a spokesperson for Zoo Miami, told Patricia Mazzei of the New York Times in 2018, but they often make it through the cold snap. “[A]s soon as it starts to heat up and they get hit by the sun rays, it’s this rejuvenation,” Magill said.

On Wednesday morning, the Miami National Weather Service informed Florida residents that the chances of “iguana ‘rain’” would drop to zero by the afternoon, as temperatures were expected to climb back up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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    • Harry, It does sound like people down there want the iguanas gone and will kill them. I however am on the other side of that. Nothing like taking advantage of someone, an animal or human, when he or she is not able to defend him or herself. Cowardice and evil.