South Florida weather forecast: Possible falling iguanas

NorlinBlackBeauty

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Yep, might have some iguana showers


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National Weather Service warns of falling iguanas

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By Allison Chinchar, CNN Meteorologist

Updated 4:11 PM ET, Tue January 21, 2020

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Frozen iguanas fall out of trees in Florida



As the coldest air of the season spreads across the Eastern US, even some southern states are feeling the chill.

"Don't be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight," tweeted the Miami National Weather Service office.

The concern for people in South Florida is that these iguanas often sleep in trees, so when their bodies go dormant, they appear to fall from the sky onto streets, cars, pools, or even people walking around. And since iguanas are large -- adult males can reach 5 feet in length, and weigh up to 20 pounds -- this can be dangerous if one lands on top of you.

The invasive species can't handle cold temperatures very well because they are cold-blooded. In general, iguanas begin to get sluggish or lethargic once the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit the iguanas go into a dormant or cold-stunned state. They appear to be dead, but they are not. They remain breathing with critical body functions still operating.

It is their body's way of protecting them until the temperature warms up back up above 50 degrees.

If those temperatures remain in the 40s for periods over eight hours, a significant number of those iguanas will die, especially the smaller ones.
 
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I'm working Mids.......had to go in Walmart and get a wool hat. In usually sweating my ass off , in not complaining!
 

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No. I take it back........this is bullshit. Fing freezing last night. Not used to this .......37* 17* with the wind chill. This is for aholes......
 

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Good way to get rid of them. Invasive species. Kill every one you find. Another debacle of the exotic pet trade.

Among many, the most egregious act is when they dig up sea turtle nests and eat the eggs or baby turtles trying to get out of the nest.
 




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