Where Did That Iguana Come From?

January 31, 2020

When it’s freezing outside, what do you do? Perhaps you stay indoors and put on extra layers. Or maybe you relish in the cold and love the feeling of Jack Frost nipping at your nose. No matter what you do, as a human being, you can usually figure out some way of keeping yourself comfortable. Well, when it comes to iguanas, cold weather can be downright stunning—literally! Because iguanas are cold-blooded reptiles, they cannot regulate their body temperatures as we humans can. Therefore when it’s cold outside, iguanas are cold on the inside too! When iguanas experience extreme cold, they oftentimes freeze into a stunned state. And yes, when they’re sleeping in a tree, they can become frozen solid and fall out of the tree. Don’t worry though, they’re not dead, just frozen.

Last week, weather forecasters in Florida warned residents of the possibility of iguanas falling from trees. Because of how cold it’s been in Florida, iguanas have had a tough time staying in their … well … normal state.  While this may be an interesting phenomenon, it can also be a dangerous one. The green iguana (those found in Florida) weigh an average of eight to nine pounds. Can you imagine a nine-pound iguana falling from a tree and onto your head? Ouch, right? So if you’re in Florida and temperatures start to dip below fifty degrees Fahrenheit, watch out for falling iguanas!

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