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It Rained Iguanas! Literally!

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No, really. This article is from the 4th and it got so cold that the iguanas went into a deep sleep and started falling out of trees. Here's part of the story:

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - How cold was it in South Florida this week? So cold the iguanas fell from the trees.

The cold-blooded reptiles go into a deep sleep when the temperature falls into the 40s. Experts said their bodies basically shut off and they lose their grip on the tree.

But it isn't sudden death: Experts said the reptiles perk up when the temperatures rises. The iguanas turn a gray hue in the meantime.

Miami Metrozoo officials said the night cold causes the most drops.

"The worst part of the cold comes in the evening, and they literally just shut off," said Ron Magill, communications director for Miami Metrozoo. "Their bodies shut off and they lose their grip on the tree, and they start falling."

More of the story.

4 comments:
Emily said...

I wonder if they wake up when they hit the ground??

Stormy said...

That is...kind of very cool.

Some of them though, I assume would knock themselves out when they hit the ground, so it'd take them even longer to wake up. >_<

Sandy C. said...

24 years of living in Miami, and I never had an Iguana Storm!! *sobs*

Why can't humans go into deep sleep when temps drop below 40....I personally would love to skip winter all together :)

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