If you live in southern Florida, you may want to watch above your head when you’re outside this week. You could be struck by a frozen iguana.
According to officials in the Miami area, the cold snap hitting the east coast has had a major impact on some of the animal populations. Iguanas are being heavily affected; with the temperatures turning so cold, the reptilian creatures are literally freezing and falling from trees.
The New York Post reports the following:
“It’s so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling from their perches in suburban trees.
Temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit early Thursday in parts of South Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.
That’s chilly enough to immobilize green iguanas common in Miami’s suburbs.
The cold-blooded creatures native to Central and South America start to get sluggish when temperatures fall below 50 degrees, said Kristen Sommers, who oversees the nonnative fish and wildlife program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
If temperatures drop below that, iguanas freeze up. “It’s too cold for them to move,” Sommers said.”
The scene at my backyard swimming pool this 40-degree South Florida morning: A frozen iguana. pic.twitter.com/SufdQI0QBx
— Frank Cerabino (@FranklyFlorida) January 4, 2018