It’s raining iguanas! Weather advisory calls for reptiles likely to fall from trees

Weather forecasters in South Florida warned this week that with temperatures dropping into the 40s, residents should be wary of iguanas falling from trees.

Such advice may sound unusual, but this phenomenon is actually real because cold-blooded reptiles cannot tolerate low temperatures very well.

But while Floridians may experience the unusual sight of an iguana that suddenly falls to the ground from above them, they don’t need to be overly concerned: Fallen iguanas are still alive—even if their bodies are temporarily frozen. have entered a sick state – and they usually recover quickly.

Weather forecasters in Florida have warned that cold temperatures could cause iguanas to fall from trees this week. In this photo, an iguana sits on a tree at the Wakodahatchi Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida on March 31, 2021.
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Iguanas often sleep in trees during cold weather conditions, so they can fall off branches when they enter a dormant state and land on potentially uninvited passers-by.

Vivian Gonzalez, a weather anchor at Miami’s Fox-affiliated station WVSN, tweeted Regarding the possibility of iguanas falling from trees on Monday.

“We’ve entered Falling Iguana territory as temps range widely in Broward and Miami-Dade in the 40s,” wrote Gonzalez. “They slow down or freeze when temps drop and can fall from trees, but they’re not dead. Don’t get close. Once the sun’s out, they’ll walk.”

Other meteorologists joined Gonzalez and warned people from above to beware of the iguanas.

Also Eric Blake, senior hurricane specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami wrote that is it”[d]It’s definitely time for an extended-range iguana fall watch.”

Reports about the warning reached across the ocean. United Kingdom meteorologist Chris Page reported on Florida’s iguana status.

Page shared a post by Tyler Rooney, a meteorologist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that proved just how unusual the advice seems for those living outside of Florida.

“Tonight’s cold temperatures in Florida will cause iguanas to decline,” wrote Ronnie of Dakota News Now. Twitter, “It looks like this! (They’re totally fine and fine when the temperature warms back up).” He has added a lizard emoji to his tweet.

Iguana fall warnings are not new to Floridians. Residents are asked to be aware whenever the temperature in the state drops into the 50s or 40s.

Last February, the National Weather Service in Miami warned residents to be aware of the potential for lizards to release.

“Okay, it’s time again,” Agency tweeted those days. “It’s cold enough for us to predict iguanas will fall in South Florida.”

As strange as this kind of warning sounds, falling iguana on your head could potentially result in injury.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, green iguanas can grow to more than five feet in length and weigh up to 17 pounds. They also have sharp spines on their backs and pointed claws.

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