Imagine Living In A Place Where Falling Iguanas Is A Thing
If you're tired of all the winter weather warnings and snow forecasts, just think, you could instead be receiving notifications about iguanas falling from trees.
Florida has been seeing some unseasonably cool temperatures this week, cold enough that it is having an impact on the local wildlife. According to NBC News:
The cold-blooded iguanas drop from trees in low temperatures because they become immobile. The weather service says that just because they are not moving doesn't mean they're dead.
Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill told NBC Miami that smaller iguanas are more likely to fall quickly after the temperatures drop to the 40s or below.
I have a few friends who live in South Florida who posted on social media that the warnings were legit, and they actually spotted a few iguanas on the ground.
It's important to know that just because the temps drop down and the animals fall, it doesn't mean they are dead. The iguanas can withstand the cold for up to 10 hours.
The cold-blooded reptiles go into a deep sleep when the temperature falls into the 40s (below 10 Celsius). Experts said their bodies basically shut off and they lose their grip on the tree. But it isn't sudden death: Experts said the reptiles perk up when the temperatures rises. The iguanas turn a gray hue in the meantime.