So, you wake up in Osceola County today and you realize we’re experiencing a bit of a holiday cold snap. So, you do what we do during the cooler months of the year – break out the sweaters and jackets, make sure the kiddos are dressed in layers, turn on the heated seats in your car or truck, and head out to start the day.
Then you hear some odd news… you need to be mindful of falling iguanas. Really?
Yes… the National Weather Service has issued an unofficial warning for falling iguanas again due to the unusual cold snap that’s hit the state of Florida.
The National Weather Service in Miami tweeted on Friday that “some of our Iguana friends may be sleeping in tomorrow morning whether they planned to or not.” They went on to say “don’t be surprised if you see them falling from trees as lows drop into the 30s and 40s.”
“Iguanas are cold-blooded. They slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s and below. So, they can potentially fall from trees, but they are not dead,” the weather service said.
Once it gets cold enough in Florida, iguanas can stiffen up and actually fall out of trees and onto the ground below. Their blood flow slows and so do they overall, enough to stiffen up and fall out of trees they may be in.
So, if you find a stiffened iguana this morning on the ground, let it be – it may be stiff and not moving, but it may be very alive. And, if an iguana feels threatened… it may bite once it warms up. You’ve been iguana warned.