Falling Iguana Alert!
- Iguanas slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s.
- “They may fall from trees, but they are not dead.”
- Green iguanas are an invasive species in Florida known for eating through landscaping.
We are not making this up.
The National Weather Service in Miami has issued an unofficial warning for falling iguanas on Tuesday night due to the unusual cold snap that’s hit the Sunshine State.
“This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s……….Brrr!National Weather Service
“Iguanas are cold blooded. They slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s. They may fall from trees, but they are not dead,” the weather service said.
Once temperatures reach a certain level, iguanas stiffen up and fall out of trees, according to Chris Michaels, a meteorologist with WSLS-TV in Norfolk, Virginia, who said this is something that has been observed over the years in south Florida.
“At about 50 degrees, iguanas can become lethargic,” Michaels said. “It’s when the temperature drops to about 40 degrees or lower that their blood doesn’t move around as quickly. As a result, they can stiffen up and fall out of the trees in which they frequent.”
During a similar cold snap and iguana warning two years ago, well-meaning residents finding stiffened iguanas were advised to leave them alone, as they may feel threatened and bite once they warm up.
“Don’t assume that they’re dead.”Kristen Sommers
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision
Green iguanas are an invasive species in Florida known for eating through landscaping and digging burrows that undermine infrastructure.
How’s that Glo-BULL warming treating you?