Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iguanas Are Falling Out of Trees in Florida Due to Cold Spell

Iguanas Are Falling Out of Trees in Florida Due to Cold Spell

He says, iguanas get stiff and eventually fall.

A "falling iguana" alert is underway in south Florida due to cold temperatures.

The National Weather Service office in Miami is alerting the public of the threat of falling iguanas, which can lose mobility during colder temperatures and fall from trees or other high perches.

An infographic attached to the tweet added that although the cold-stunned creatures may appear to have met their end, "they are not dead".

'The temperature threshold for when iguanas begin to go into a dormant state depends greatly on the size of the iguana, ' explains Ron Magill, communications director for Zoo Miami.

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Pray for the folks in South Florida.

As the East Coast shivers in winter's icy grip, even balmy Florida is seeing temperatures 15 degrees below average.

Female iguanas can lay almost 80 eggs a year, and South Florida's warm climate is ideal for the prehistoric-looking animals. Their whole body slows down in colder temperatures with only critical body functions working.

They've been in South Florida since the 1960s, but their numbers have increased dramatically in recent years.

And as we head into February it expected the wet weather would continue in the northwestern parts of the United States, as storms from the Pacific make landfall.

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