So, you wake up in Osceola County today and it’s unquestionably cooler than normal for us. You do what we do during the cooler months of the year – break out the sweaters and jackets, make sure the kiddos are dressed warm for schools, turn on the heated seats in your car or truck and head out to start the day.
Then you hear that you have to be mindful for falling iguanas. Really?
Yes… because the National Weather Service has issued an unofficial warning for falling iguanas on Tuesday night due to the unusual cold snap that’s hit the the state of Florida.
“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.