It’s Raining Iguanas in Florida

IMG_3157“The sky is falling,” cried Chicken Little. Well, not quite the sky falling but here in Southwest Florida there is a unique twist when it gets cold.

Iguanas are cold blooded reptiles that have invaded Florida. They are quite at home when it is hot. But when it is cold below 50°F (10°C), they get lethargic and fall out of trees!

This unique situation is even forecast by the National Weather Service in the United States!

This can be as critical as a hail storm (or maybe more so) as some male iguanas are up to 7 feet (213 cm) long and weigh up to 17 pounds  (7.7 kg)!

dead iguana 3
Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine

When temperatures drop in Southern Florida, people bundle up more than one would in states where the lower temperatures are considered to be mild. 

However, cold blooded iguanas can’t handle cold when the temperatures drop. They become sluggish and appear to be dead!

Imagine walking under tropical trees on Sanibel Island and plop an iguana drops on your head! A trip to the local emergency room would likely result.

IMG_1437I have written two other blog entries about the unique critters where I live. The owls and iguanas are especially interesting.

And not too far away are alligators, eagles, panthers, turtles, and numerous poisonous snakes. It is like living in a zoo!

 

Happy New Year 2021

10 thoughts on “It’s Raining Iguanas in Florida”

  1. Very interesting and certainly nothing we can relate to here in Western Pennsylvania. At this time of year, we welcome temperatures in the 50s. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Always enjoy reading your ‘adventures.’ You mentioned Florida: ‘It’s like living in the zoo,’ only the animals are NOT safely behind bars in cages!!! Beware!
    Happy New Year, Barry

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  3. I bet it’s amazing to watch this happening! Of course not from under the tree! I really enjoy reading your blogs, they’re always so interesting! Happy New Year!

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  4. I had never heard of this happening before you described it, Barry. Sounds like there are some days when everyone should wear helmets while walking around! You described this so well.

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