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‘Frozen iguanas’ falling down on pools, cars and people in unseasonably cold Florida weather

WATCH out, Floridians: weather officials are warning that a cold snap in the Sunshine State might stun iguanas — causing them to fall from trees.

The National Weather Service typically forecasts rain, or snow, or other bad weather, but yesterday warned locals in South Florida about iguanas falling from high above.

“This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s,” the NWS’ Miami office tweeted. “Brrrr!”

The low temperatures stun — they don’t necessarily kill — iguanas, which are an invasive species in Florida.

If the animals are hanging out in trees when they’re stunned, they’ll most likely lose their grip and fall to the ground below.

January is the coldest month of the year in Florida. Around 9am this morning, it was roughly 43 degrees in Miami, with a high of 66 degrees.

As temperatures rise throughout the day, most of the iguanas that have been stunned are expected to wake up.

Because iguanas are cold-blooded, the cold weather causes their metabolism to slow down. The reptiles become lethargic as temperatures drop from the warm weather they’re used to.

Forecasters warned of the same lizard-dropping occurrence during cold weather in January 2018.

And in 2010, a 12-day cold snap killed off many iguanas. It was cloudy for a few days afterward, and the iguanas couldn’t bask in the sunlight to raise their body temps.

Last summer, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told people who see the invasive iguanas on their properties, and on 22 public lands in South Florida, to kill them.

Wildlife officials didn’t specify how to kill the iguanas, and later clarified their message about killing the animals, warning the public not to shoot them, as “this is not the ‘wild west.’”

Iguanas aren’t protected under Florida’s anti-animal cruelty laws but they aren’t dangerous. They can dig length tunnels and damage seawalls, sidewalks and landscapes.

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