Miami – In Florida, the weather service has warned of iguanas falling from trees due to the nighttime cold. Temperatures up to freezing were forecast for the night on Wednesday in the US state, which is generally spoiled with heat. From Fahrenheit degrees in the 40s (about four to nine degrees Celsius) it is possible that the animals fell from the trees.
Iguanas are warm, their body temperature fluctuates with the ambient temperature. “They slow down or become immobile when temperatures drop into the 1940s,” the weather service said on Tuesday night (local time) on Twitter.
Animal lovers were reassured by the service, however: “They may fall from trees, but they are not dead.” Twitter users joked analogously to the animated film title “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”: “Cold with a Chance of Falling Iguanas”.
Green iguanas, which can sometimes be more than two meters long, originally come from southern America. In Florida, they are considered an introduced species that have no natural enemies there. In some parks and gardens, the lizards are already considered a nuisance, according to the US media. (APA / dpa)