The Egyptian cobra isn't the first reptile to wreak havoc on the Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo. Back in 1908, just one week after arriving from Cuba, a pair of giant, four-foot-long iguanas escaped from their cages in the Reptile House, and, despite being relatively harmless and not poisonous, they caused quite a stir. "The iguanas are about the most terrifying looking of all the reptiles in the Bronx Park Zoo … Their wicked looking, beadlike eyes are encased in hard, bony skin, something like alligator hide, and their heads are arrow-shaped … Altogether they are quite ugly enough to strike terror to anyone," wrote The New York Times. After the iguanas left their cages, the animal handler approached the iguanas, who first lashed out at the keeper, before darting out the door of the Reptile House. It took several guards armed with stout clubs—similar to a policeman's nightstick—to chase the iguanas back into the Reptile House, and then the guards proceeded to chase the reptiles for an hour inside, before trapping them in a burlap sack.