Cold Weather Means Falling Iguanas, National Weather Service in Miami Says

"They may fall from trees, but they are not dead," the NWS said

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The National Weather Service in Miami is warning residents about the possibility of falling iguanas thanks to cold temperatures.

"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. Brrrr!" the NSW tweeted Tuesday.

The cold-blooded animals can slow down or become immobile when temperatures dip into the 40s, and are known to drop out of trees.


"They may fall from trees, but they are not dead," the NWS said.

Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill told NBC 6 that smaller iguanas are especially susceptible to becoming incapacitated in just a matter of hours once the temperatures reach the 40s.

Some immobile iguanas were spotted Wednesday morning as the low temperatures were in the low 40s in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and in the western suburbs of the South Florida metro area. It’s been a year since the mercury dipped into the 40s in South Florida.

It is important to leave any idle iguanas alone, as they will gradually mobilize with the warmth of the morning sun and rising temperatures.

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