Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

It's so cold in Florida iguanas are falling from trees

It's so cold in Florida iguanas are falling from trees

That's the situation in Florida, where unusually cold temperatures have sent the green lizards tumbling from their perches on trees - a result of the cold-blooded creatures basically shutting down when it gets too chilly.

Yep, when temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of South Florida on January 4, the chill caused iguanas to become completely immobilized.

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Be forewarned that a cold-paralyzed iguana, or a knight anole as seen in the photo above, can become active again when temperatures begin to warm.

Apparently, the temperatures were cold enough to immobilize green iguanas common in Miami's suburbs.

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As Miami bundles up thanks to this week's cold snap, one thing to watch out for is falling reptiles. The invasive species freezes when it gets below 45 degrees. The wildlife commission's biologists have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles found floating listlessly on the water or near shore, but no such rescue was planned for iguanas.

Isola said the iguana was stunned by the cold conditions, but it was not dead. They can grow over 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, and their droppings can be a potential source of salmonella bacteria, which causes food poisoning. "Although the iguana or python population may have some mortality occur, the length of time of cold weather may not be enough during this cold snap to make a significant difference".

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South Florida residents discovered frozen reptiles near their homes and beaches as temperatures in the area dropped below 40 degrees on Thursday.

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