It's raining iguanas in Miami and "Therealtarzann" on Instagram has lived up to his handle with his most recent post - a video of himself catching wild iguanas falling out of trees.
Therealtarzann, 24-year-old Michael Holston, can be seen in the video prodding the iguanas from below until they fall out of trees. He miraculously catches them one-handed as they fall. The iguanas squirm wildly in his grasp before he tosses them into a nearby container.
Believe it or not, there is a method to his madness. He states in the post's comments that he does this to save the iguanas from hunters in Miami. You can see the post below:
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there is an open season on green iguanas in Florida because they are an invasive species. Florida homeowners are encouraged to kill the lizards on their own property and do not need a permit.
However, green iguanas are protected by anti-cruelty laws, and must be killed humanely. Holston wants to spare these critters from any such fate by capturing them before they can be killed.
Most responses to the video have been positive. Some commenters, however, are unhappy with the way Holston appears to be treating the iguanas. Many have expressed concern that he is harming them, or that he should leave wild animals be. Holston responds by explaining that he believes his method is preferable to the "certain death" these iguanas face if left alone.
This is not the first time Holston has encountered wild animals, though it may be one of the boldest. As a zookeeper, he has countless of photos of wildlife on his feed, including snakes, monkeys, jaguars, and tigers. He has developed a significant following for his wildlife adventures.
According to the comments, Holston will be rehoming the iguanas after capture.