Gone But Not Forgotten
- Nov 29, 2009
Does anyone have stories of o.o.p iguanas in Canada or U.S.A? Past or present.
It’s so cold in Florida, iguanas are falling from trees
It’s so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling from their perches in suburban trees.
Temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) 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 (10 degrees Celsius), 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.
They’re not the only reptiles stunned by this week’s cold snap: Sea turtles also stiffen up when temperatures fall. The wildlife commission’s biologists have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles found floating listlessly on the water or near shore, but no such rescue is planned for iguanas.
Well-meaning residents finding stiffened iguanas are advised to leave them alone, as they may feel threatened and bite once they warm up.
“Don’t assume that they’re dead,” Sommers said.
Green iguanas are an invasive species in Florida known for eating through landscaping and digging burrows that undermine infrastructure. They can grow over 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, and their droppings can be a potential source of salmonella bacteria, which causes food poisoning.
The wildlife commission has begun holding workshops to train homeowners and property managers to trap or manage iguanas. The reptiles may be easier to catch this week, Sommers said. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...-of-falling-iguanas-Miami/9431579646392/?sl=2The National Weather Service on Tuesday warned people in South Florida of the possibility of falling iguanas in advance of cold weather.
"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 Miami National Weather Service office wrote in a tweet. ...
That's gotta be some dry, fibrous eating.
Florida forecast calls for cold weather – and stunned iguanas falling from treesMarina Pitofsky
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an iguana falling out of a tree?
The forecast for parts of Florida is looking colder in the coming days, with temperatures Sunday morning expected to range from 32 degrees or below in inland portions of South Florida. Near the coast, temperatures are forecast in the mid-to-upper 30s.
Brian Shields, a meteorologist at WFTV in Orlando, warned that iguanas can slow down and become immobile when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. As they slow down, the animals can fall from trees onto the ground.
Falling iguanas in Florida again ...
SOURCE: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/l...ssible-with-freezing-temperatures-in-florida/Look up: Falling iguanas possible with freezing temperatures in Florida
Cold temperatures cause iguanas to lose muscle control ...
Arctic air is invading Florida this weekend, bringing freezing temperatures to the Sunshine State.
While we won’t see falling snow here, there will be a chance for falling iguanas.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said colder temperatures cause iguanas to “temporarily lose all muscle control.”
“Whatever you do, don’t bring wild green iguanas into your home or your car to warm up! They can recover more quickly than you think and become defensive, using their long tails and sharp teeth & claws,” FWC said in a Facebook post. ...