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People have reported seeing iguanas falling from trees in Miami over the holidays, as cold temperatures cause them to 'freeze'.
The weather forecast, reported by the National Weather Service in Florida, wrote that low temperatures will be between 0 - 4 degrees Celsius (30 - 40 degrees Fahrenheit) over Christmas, meaning that 'falling iguanas are possible'.
Dec 21 - Brrr! Much colder temps expected for Christmas. Low temperatures in the 30s/40s and falling Iguanas are possible. Keep up with forecast changes and stay warm! #flwx pic.twitter.com/BRYfugIE5Q
- NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) December 21, 2020
But while it might look a bit alarming, locals are used to the weird phenomenon when temperatures dip during the winter months.
With lizards being cold blooded, they get most of their energy from the sun's heat - but when temperatures drop, their blood cools down, causing them to become sluggish and lose their grip on tree branches.
But they're usually fine, defrosting and starting to move again as they warm up.
The same thing happened back in January during another cold snap.
It's happening! Poor little guy. This photo was taken this morning by Dennis Ward in Islamorada. He said he heard a 'plunk' and this cold-stunned iguana was on the ground. The good news, is an hour later he warmed up and was back on his way @BN9 pic.twitter.com/PfoRRjbBur
- Angie Angers (@angie_angers) January 22, 2020
Forecasters in the United States put out the alert after temperatures in the South Florida and Miami region were predicted to plummet overnight.
Speaking to ABC News, Ron Magill, communications director for Zoo Miami, said: "The temperature threshold for when iguanas begin to go into a dormant state depends greatly on the size of the iguana.
"Generally speaking, the larger the iguana, the more cold it can tolerate for longer periods."
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