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It’s So Cold in Florida That Iguanas are Falling Out of Trees

Imagine being this cold

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On Thursday morning in Boca Raton, Florida, Frank Cerabino, a columnist for the Palm Beach Post, saw what appeared to be a “frozen iguana” on the edge of his pool.

“Green iguanas, like all reptiles, are coldblooded animals, so they become immobile when the temperature falls to a certain level. Under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, they become sluggish. Under 40 degrees, their blood stops moving as much,” Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported to the Washington Post.

Although there were similar reports of falling iguanas in 2008 and 2010, this isn’t a typical occurrence. Florida very rarely gets below 40 degrees or for that long.

In most cases, these iguanas aren’t dead and just need to be warmed up to be mobilized again.

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Gigi Foster is a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She's a midfielder on the women's soccer team and is studying ocean sciences.

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