To us, Florida is the land of retirees and beaches, and definitely not a place where temperatures often dip below 70 degrees. But, as it turns out, even Miami is not safe from this bomb cyclone — it doesn't magically turn into a vacation cocktail with like three liqueurs and a scoop of ice cream once it leaves the northeast.
So once we got over the fact that it's actually in the 40's in Florida RN #thanksnothanks to this winter's #nochill chill, we then stumbled upon a story that was so bizarre we actually double-checked to make sure we didnt end up on The Onion.
Not only is it now cold in Florida — iguanas there are actually passing out because of this cold.
After we confirmed this was a real story in The New York Times, we got even more curious. As Ron Magill, communications director for Zoo Miami, explained to the Times:
“When the temperature goes down, [iguanas] literally shut down, and they can no longer hold on to the trees. [That] is why you get this phenomenon in South Florida that it’s raining iguanas. Even if they look dead as a doornail — they’re gray and stiff — as soon as it starts to heat up and they get hit by the sun rays, it’s this rejuvenation. The ones that survive that cold streak are basically passing on that gene.”
This is some survival of the fittest, Survivor s--t right here. Cold weather makes us complain that we are literally freezing right now ... but iguanas are legit literally freezing right now.
Attention all our Florida friends: If you see a lizard belly up, do not assume it’s dead. Give it a nudge and watch it for a while. Maybe toss a blanket over it and, hopefully, as soon as its body temperatures rise again, the iguana will pop right back up.
Science, you so crazy.
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