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Asked by Amie Smitham
Florida
Iguanas
Meteorology and Weather

Why is there a "falling iguana" alert in Florida?

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Leland Grant
January 22, 2020 4:03PM
The temperatures in Florida have been unseasonably cold this week, dropping to the low 40s and even high 30s. Since iguanas are cold blooded, they become lethargic, stiff, and immobile when temperatures drop that low, and thus have begun falling from the trees. This does not, however, mean they are dead.
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Hey Jingli
January 24, 2020 4:42AM
The National Weather Service in Miami has issued an unofficial warning for falling iguanas on Tuesday night due to the unusual cold snap that's hit the Sunshine State.They slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s. They may fall from trees, but they are not dead," the weather service said.