Monday, January 11, 2010

Lizard Rain

Skype conversation with my six-year-old granddaughter in Ft. Lauderdale:

Makayla: Omi! Guess what! (giggling)
Omi: What?
Makayla: An iguana fell in our driveway.
Omi: What?
Makayla: Iguana.
Omi: Iguana?
Makayla: Yes.
Omi: What do you mean?
Makayla: I already told you! An iguana fell in our driveway!
Omi: (remembering we had just read Chicken Little when I was there) Oh, I get it. Omi Lomi! The sky is falling!
Makayla: No, Omi! For real! You don't get it. It was like, frozen! My papa put it under the bushes.
Omi: You mean it was dead? Are you just going to let it rot under there? Aren't you going to bury it?
Makayla: No! When it comes alive, it will run away.
Omi: Really? Let me talk to your mom.

Sarah verified Makayla's story. Indeed I had not gotten it. Not only had a very large lizard, a young iguana, fallen in front of them while they were getting into their car, iguanas are free-falling from trees all over South Florida, due to the cold weather. Iguanas, being cold-blooded, apparently go into a hibernation-like state when the temperature falls below 40 degrees. I can attest to the existence of wild iguanas in Makayla's tropical neighborhood, hidden in the flora of the region. Large, scary-looking ones. They poke their ugly heads from the tall grass by the creek near Makayla's house. I wouldn't want to tangle with one. Had I had more time while there, I might have blogged about the shock of mere sightings. Little did I know they would be falling like rain by the time I got home. Need I say more about the surprises of nature, or why this blog is fun? The photo shows the iguana in Makayla's driveway. Below is an excerpt from Sarah's follow-up e-mail, and a link to an article from Miami News, for the doubters among you. dkm

"Poor things. Lizards are dropping everywhere. We can hear them falling. Some are in the street, though, and if nobody moves them, they get run over. Our little friend fell right out of the tree in front of us. I thought it was just another coconut falling, until Thad picked it up and showed it to me. It's about a foot and a half long with the tail. Thad says it happens everytime it gets cold in Florida."

1 comment:

spepper416 said...

Only in FL. It's a very unique place to live.