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US News Frozen iguanas fall from trees as temperatures drop in Florida

17:55  23 january  2020
17:55  23 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Iguanas are falling from trees in south Florida as unusually low temperatures sweep through the region. The invasive species can become sluggish when temperatures drop below Residents have expressed shock at the sight of rigid reptiles lying motionless in the middle of sidewalks and backyards.

Iguana meat dubbed the 'chicken of the trees ' is being sold online for a piece after the frozen reptiles fall from Florida trees as temperatures Sales of the meat come just hours after the weather service issued warnings of frozen reptiles falling from trees due to the harsh drop in temperatures .

a lizard lying on top of a building: This frozen iguana was pictured lying on a pavement in Florida © Other This frozen iguana was pictured lying on a pavement in Florida

Frozen iguanas have been falling from trees in Florida after plunging temperatures caused them to stiffen-up and lose their grip on branches.

The cold-blooded lizards slow down or become immobile when temperatures drop to 4C (40F).

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Miami posted a warning about the falling creatures on Tuesday.

NWS wrote on Twitter: "This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see iguanas falling from trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!"

The service added in a graphic with the post: "They may fall from trees, but they are not dead."

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Image: This frozen iguana was pictured lying on a pavement in Florida .

Florida residents have been stunned to find iguanas falling out of trees , where unusually cold temperatures are causing their bodies to shut down.

The Bone Lee hot sauce company shared a video of one its employees picking up a frozen iguana on Wednesday.

The employee says in the video: "Hey, you OK? You don't look very good. Oh yeah he's still alive." The man then moves the lizard to a warmer spot.

Elina Shirazi, a multimedia producer at Fox News, posted an image of two frozen iguanas that had fallen from a tree.

She wrote: "Yesterday, there was news no one believed... iguanas falling out of the sky due to cold temperatures.

"Here is a video sent by my friends at Redline Iguana Removal."

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Frank Guzman, a bureau chief for the news channel WSVN-TV in Florida, shared a video of a frozen iguana gradually becoming animated again before walking off.

He wrote: "Those iguanas you see everywhere will eventually wake up and scurry off. Here's one outside our Broward Buerau doing just that."

Another Twitter user, named VC, posted images of different frozen iguanas lying in the road.

He wrote: "Iguanas dropping like flies at Arch Creek Park in North Miami. Currently 47 degrees."

Irish weather forecast: Cold snap set to break with mild 'unsettled' conditions ahead .
Met Eireann revealed we will see a slight increase in temperatures, with Wednesday being "a bit milder" than recent daysLast night, the mercury plunged to a freezing -0.9C at Cork Airport while the highest temperature recorded nationwide was just 6.6C at Shannon.

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