Anyone living on the East Coast at the moment is aware of the chillingly low temperatures hitting the entire area this first week of January.
Even those down south in Florida are starting to see the effects of the winter storm, which has been dubbed a “bomb cyclone.”
People are reporting that iguanas common in the the state are falling out of trees at a rapid pace, and that they appear dead when hitting the ground.
Photos of the bellied-up reptiles are making the rounds on social media, and people aren’t sure what to do.
It turns out that the cold temperatures have been immobilizing iguanas’ limbs, making them weak and leading them to fall out of the trees where they normally live. The iguanas often appear dead, though in reality, they’re still quite alive.
Local news station Fox 4 of Fort Myers spoke to Brian Norris of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about the phenomenon.
“You may see them in more open areas to soak up some sunlight,” he explained. “They won’t be as active as they are in summertime.”
— Maxine Bentzel (@MaxineBentzel) January 4, 2018
Most importantly, residents should know not to assume that an iguana lying on its back looking lifeless is not necessarily dead, but simply very cold.
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