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It's so cold in Florida iguanas are falling from trees

It's so cold in Florida iguanas are falling from trees”

The New York Times broke down this South Florida phenomenon: iguanas climb trees at night to sleep, but when the weather dips into the 30s or 40s, the iguanas can't handle it.

The temperatures in the Sunshine State have gotten so cold that iguanas are freezing and falling out of trees.

Yep, when temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of South Florida on January 4, the chill caused iguanas to become completely immobilized.

The reptiles are a nuisance in the state, according to the Palm Beach Post.

With temperatures drastically decreasing in parts of Southern Florida, not only were people stunned by this week's cold snap, but green lizards got completely frozen, too.

"Once it gets above 50 degrees they'll start to activate and move around", said Maple. Sea turtles will show similar effects to the cold, the Miami Herald reports.

The worst part? Like the "stunned" in "cold-stunned" implies, nearly none of them are actually dead.

The wildlife commission said the lizards could be easier to catch this week.

"This provides an opportunity to capture some, but I'm not sure it's going to be cold enough for long enough to make enough of a difference", she said. "In most cases, they're going to warm back up and move around again, unless they're euthanized".

That happened in January 2010 when South Florida experienced almost two weeks where the temperatures reached into the 30- to 40-degree range.



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