It’s raining cats and dogs….and iguanas?!
No, this isn’t a little cheesy new phrase—over the past week, Florida has witnessed weather?so cold that frozen iguanas are?literally falling off trees and plummeting down onto streets, patios, and sidewalks.
It’s normally called the “Sunshine State” but recent unprecedented icy temperatures taking the country by storm have given us all a good amount of uncommon wonders to marvel at—but unlike this:
“Don’t think that they’re dead,” cautions Kristen Sommers through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Indeed, lots of the iguanas are probably still alive and is seen breathing—nevertheless the recent sweep of below-40 degree temperatures in Miami is just too cold for his or her bodies to figure.
WATCH: Residents find frozen iguanas as temperatures in many regions of Florida drop below 40 degreespic.twitter.com/KjBhzTIyDM
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“They’ll drop out of trees,” says Emily Maple on the Palm Beach County Zoo, “They’ll finish up in areas where your cars are, parking lots, locations where they’re cold stunned.”
“If it’s for only a 7 days,” adds Emily, “they’ll just find where they’re completely frozen over time. They’re still capable to breathe. They’re still capable of singing bodily functions just very slow.”
A columnist for that?Palm Beach Post found one example of these unfortunate lizards frozen stiff by his damages:
The scene inside of backyard pool this 40-degree Miami morning: A frozen iguana. pic.twitter.com/SufdQI0QBx
— Frank Cerabino (@FranklyFlorida) January 4, 2018
The nice thing, though, is that via the overnight, as temperatures warmed, the miscroscopic critter may just be seen slowly leaving to safety:
The frozen iguana petrified near to my Miami pool area yesterday, reanimated himself during the afternoon sun. Here he will be walking that … After another cold night, though, he's probably report that popsicle again this morning. pic.twitter.com/nOept7ksJT
— Frank Cerabino (@FranklyFlorida) January 5, 2018
Native to Central and South America, the iguanas’ motions will begin to slow around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but anything below that becomes intolerable.
“It’s freezing so they can move,” says Sommers.
However, these aren’t the one reptiles looking to stay warm in South Florida.
Sea turtles happen to be washing up frozen near sea shores, prompting numerous rescue efforts by biologists within the wildlife commission.
As for the purpose to undertake in case you happen across was one example of these unfortunate iguanas, the commission can give workshops to teach locals the right way to trap or manage them.
“This offers the chance to capture some, but I’m unclear it’s gonna be cold enough for extended enough to generate a reasonable difference,” said Sommers, “Usually, they’re gonna warm back up and maneuver around again, unless they’re euthanized.”
Sources:?The Daily Mail?CBS12