US The night the iguanas fell: Cold snap chills Florida and now iguana meat is up for sale
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The forecast verified.
On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Miami issued an unusual warning aboutacross South Florida.
And Wednesday morning, reports and photos appeared of the reptiles laying on the ground:
"Verification of the @NWSMiami warning,", who included a photo of a stunned lizard on Virginia Key, Florida. "That boy ain't going nowhere ... young one couldn't take it (might be dead)."
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Another photo of an iguana laying on the ground was taken in Oakland Park, Florida.
This has prompted a sale of iguana meat, dubbed “chicken of the trees,” which startedin South Florida, the Miami Herald reported.
"Mango season may be months away, but if you live in South Florida today, your trees may be ripe for the picking – of iguanas," the Herald said, which included the headline "."
South Florida braces for ‘hazardous’ cold and falling iguanas as temperatures dip into the 30s
The temperature in Miami is forecast to drop as low as 44 degrees, which could stun iguanas out of trees.According to the National Weather Service, cold-stunned iguanas may fall out of trees without warning. The NWS says the city of Miami will be exposed to “hazardous” cold as temperature bottom out in the 40s.
The temperature in Miami dropped to a nippy 40 degrees Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, with a wind chill was in the mid-30s.
That's the coldest Miami has been in more than nine years, the Weather Channel said.
The cold should be short-lived: "After a frigid start to their Wednesday morning in Florida, where freeze warnings and wind chill advisories are in effect across all of the Sunshine State, a return to more typical weather is expected," the weather service said.
Low temperatures Wednesday night should be in the 50s while highs Thursday rise into the 70s.
As for the iguanas, the cold stunned but didn't necessarily kill them.
"Iguanas are cold blooded. They slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s. They may fall from trees, but they are not dead," the weather service said.
Nightmare of the iguana:
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Considered to be anin Florida, iguanas are native to Central America, tropical parts of South America and some Caribbean islands.
Iguanas are allowed to be kept as pets in Florida but are not protected by any law except anti-cruelty to animals. They’ve been in South Florida since the 1960s, but their numbers have increased dramatically in recent years.
This could be due to milder winters: "We're going through multiple winters that are failing to get as cold as almost every winter did a few decades ago,". "This is happening at the same time that iguana populations are multiplying across South Florida."
Contributing: The Associated Press
Iguana stunned by the cold in front of my house near West Palm Beach. Last pic has my flop for scale.
I figured I'd find him-- he's a regular around my yard.
cc:— Hank "Very legal and very good" Epton (@HankEpton)
Here they are! Cold stunned iguanas around Miami and Fort Lauderdale after the coldest air in 10 years! We hit the upper 30s in spots.— Brandon Orr (@BrandonOrrWx)
Verification of the— Eric Blake ???? (@EricBlake12) iguana warning! That boy ain’t going nowhere... young one couldn’t take it (might be dead)
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