The National Weather Service in Miami said temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit early Thursday in parts of South Florida. This temperature drop was caused due to the Bomb cyclone that hit North America during the holiday season. This chilling temperature drop was enough to immobilize the green iguanas common in the region.
Green Iguana is a native animal of Central and South America. Green iguanas are diurnal, arboreal, and are often found near water. Being cold-blooded animal iguana cannot bear chilling temperature.
Chilly Lead To Immobilizing Them
Because they are a tropical species, they require higher temperatures than temperate climate reptile. Since their bodies are not adapted to hibernation, they are unable to deal with low temperatures.
Iguana Lying Poolside
Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino tweeted a photograph of an iguana lying belly-up next to his swimming pool.
According To Reports
CBS News affiliate WPEC-TV posted images of an iguana on its back on a Palm Beach County road. Reporter Maxine Bentzel said the iguanas have “a good chance of moving out if you move them in the sun.” Stay Tuned for more information on Iguana.
Workshops To Train Homeowners
The wildlife commission has started holding workshops to prepare homeowner and property manager to trap or oversee iguanas. The reptiles might be less demanding to come down with this week when it’s cold, Sommers said.
Tumbling From Their Perches On Trees
The situation in Florida, where unusually cold temperatures have sent the green lizards tumbling from their perches on trees – a result of the cold-blooded creatures basically shutting down when it gets too chilly. Turn to next page for more News.
Don’t Assume That They’re Dead
Kristen Sommers, who oversees the non-native fish and wildlife program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Posted iguanas are not really dead they might be still alive. Don’t touch them as they may feel threatened and bite once they warm up.
Not Only Iguana, But Others Animals Too
They’re not the only reptiles stunned by this week’s cold snap: Sea turtles also stiffen up when temperatures fall. The wildlife commission’s biologists have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles found floating listlessly on the water or near shore, but no such rescue is planned for iguanas.