Even Florida’s iguanas can’t handle below 30-40°F.
Rare wind chill advisories have been issued along with falling Iguana warnings. Yep, it’s real!
Last friday, a record-breaking bomb blizzard engulfed Newfoundland, Canada. Meanwhile in Florida, panic is breaking out as temperatures are expected to fall into the 30s and 40s with wind chills dipping into the 20s. This new weather anomaly prompted the National Weather Service in Miami to issue rare wind chill advisories and amusing falling iguana warnings.
Why do Iguanas drop from trees when it’s too cold?
When temperatures dip into the 30s and 40s, residents in South Florida are used to find an iguana stunned by the cold under a palm tree.
It may only last a couple days, but Florida is finally participating in winter! This is the coldest morning in two years:
And iguanas really drop from trees:
Although looking like dead, the reptiles normally come back to life again when it warms up. Something very zombish in a sense.
Iguanas climb up trees to roost at night. But when the temperature tumbles down, the animals shut down, and literally fall out of trees. This is why you get this raining iguana phenomenon in South Florida.
And even if they look dead, as soon as it starts to heat up, it’s rejuvenation. The larger the iguana, the greater its chance of survival. And it seems that the lizards that survive that cold streak are basically passing on that gene.
I suspect that, within a couple of decades, iguanas will creep north because they will be able to withstand colder climates. What do you think? Find similar headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.