With temperatures expected to drop into the 40s, the National Weather Service has issued a unique advisory. According to WPTV in West Palm Beach, the NWS Miami tweeted: “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!”
Falling Iguanas in South Florida
The cold-blooded reptiles are an invasive species here in South Florida. They are native to Central and South America, and some islands of the Carribean. Clearly they are not cut out for the relatively frigid cold of the Palm Beaches! When the temps dip into the 50s, iguanas can become lethargic. Below 45 degrees they enter a dormant state and risk falling from their perches.
So, the iguana that just fell on your head is likely not dead and will wake up as the temperatures rise, pending the height of their fall was not too great. While the iguanas may not like the cold, it does present citizens throughout our area the opportunity to get rid of a few of these unwanted critters.