Cold snap in Florida leads to warning over falling Iguanas

Written by on January 29, 2020

A cold snap in Florida has led to a warning to residents over falling Iguanas.

Freeze warnings and hard freeze warnings in the Sunshine State are occurring due to temperatures have fallen 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

Iguanas don’t fare well in colder temperatures, experts say, as the cold-blooded creatures lose energy and get sluggish.

Although they fall into a dormant state for several hours to protect themselves, smaller Iguanas die if temperatures remain in the 40s beyond eight hours.

“The temperature threshold for when iguanas begin to go into a dormant state depends greatly on the size of the iguana,” Ron Magill, communications director for Zoo Miami, told CNN. “Generally speaking, the larger the iguana, the more cold it can tolerate for longer periods.”

Beyond the well-being of the iguanas, however, is the safety of people near trees if an iguana were to fall out during a cold spell.

Iguanas can weigh about 20 pounds and stretch about five feet long, making for a potentially dangerous situation.

The cold conditions do give iguana hunters the opportunity to rid yards of the invasive species, however.

“I do know that there are several iguana hunters that are looking forward to this upcoming cold front as it will certainly facilitate them removing these invasive reptiles from the South Florida environment as they will not be able to run away!” Magill added.

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