'Falling Iguana' Warning Issued in South Florida as Forecast Shows Temperatures in the 30s
A "falling iguana" warning has been issued in South Florida as the area prepares for cool temperatures around Christmas.
On Monday, the National Weather Service in Miami announced on Twitter that temperatures are expected to be between 30 and 40 degrees on Christmas Day and through the weekend, creating dangerous conditions for iguanas in the Sunshine State.
"December 21 - Brrr! Much colder temperatures are expected for Christmas. Low temperatures in the 30s / 40s and falling iguanas are possible. Keep up with the forecast changes and stay warm! #Flwx," tweeted the NWS - Miami.
According to CNN, iguanas are cold-blooded, which means that their bodies are dormant if they live in an environment with a temperature below 45 degrees.
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When iguanas fall in cool temperatures, they appear to be dead - but are not. In fact, they are still breathing and can perform critical body functions.
Falling iguanas can also pose a hazard to passers-by, as the adult male lizard species can reach 5 feet in length and weigh as much as 20 pounds, CNN reported.
"The temperature threshold when iguanas are put into a dormant state is highly dependent on the size of the iguana," Ron Magill, communications director for Miami Zoo, told CNN earlier this year. "In general, the bigger the iguana, the colder it is."
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The Sunshine State issued a warning of "falling iguanas" back in January when temperatures fell 10 to 15 degrees below normal for that time of year.
“This isn't something we normally predict, but don't be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight as the lows hit the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!” The NWS - Miami tweeted at the time.
The NWS later confirmed its forecast was correct and tweeted a photo of a fallen iguana shared by National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake.
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