It sounds like something out of a bad sci-fi movie, but this is very real.
With record cold temperatures embracing much of southern Florida, something unusual is happening. Iguanas, animals that normally prefer temperatures in the mid-80′s, are literally falling from trees.
Iguanas are plentiful in Florida due to pet owners abandoning the lizards. When temps drop below 40 degrees, they instinctively start to hibernate and fall out of the trees they live in.
Ron Magill of Miami Metrozoo urges caution for those who stumble upon these iguanas.
“I knew of a gentleman who was collecting them off the street and throwing them in the back of his station wagon, and all of a sudden these things are coming alive, crawling on his back and almost caused a wreck.”
The stories of these “kamikaze iguanas” plummeting from trees used to be an urban legend in Florida, but now have a logical explanation.
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