John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.
Witness: “Guy with large iguana on crowded MUNI picking dead iguana skin off his iguana.”
Yet that’s been the case on multiple occasions in recent years, as the city’s reptile lovers can’t seem to travel without towing along their scaly, kale-munching beasts. The latest instance occurred a couple days ago; a man standing on a train, shown above, seemed lost in his music as he admired a lime-colored lizard tucked in his arm like a football. (Perhaps he was listening to Bobby McFerrin’s “Mañana Iguana.”)
The site Muni Diaries has done a wonderful job chronicling the iguana invasion of San Francisco’s public transit. One of the first documented sightings turned out to be an honest-to-goodness service animal named Skippy, shown below in 2012:
Since then the iguanas have kept popping up, as if their natural habitat had somehow morphed from tropical forest to stain-blocking vinyl. (Memo to riders: If you find a free egg on Muni, don’t cook it assuming it’s chicken.) Here are other reports of lizard couriers, in no particular order:
Guy with large iguana on crowded MUNI picking dead iguana skin off his iguana— Ghassan Abu-Ghaida (@gabughaida) August 27, 2015
What the fuck are you doing bringing an iguana with you on muni? Why even an iguana?! This is not the zoo and this is not Florida. Bye.— Kristen Eager (@keager_) June 25, 2015
RT @sfbaily: The guy next to me on muni just made the young girl kiss his iguana (named Anna). Oh, sf.— Muni Diaries (@munidiaries) March 27, 2011