By: Associated Press
January 4, 2018
MIAMI (AP) -- It's so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling from their perches in suburban trees.
The National Weather Service in Miami said temperatures dipped below 40 degrees early Thursday in parts of South Florida. That's chilly enough to immobilize green iguanas common in Miami's suburbs.
Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino tweeted a photograph of an iguana lying belly-up next to his swimming pool.
The scene at my backyard swimming pool this 40-degree South Florida morning: A frozen iguana. pic.twitter.com/SufdQI0QBx— Frank Cerabino (@FranklyFlorida) January 4, 2018
WPEC-TV posted images of an iguana on its back on a Palm Beach County road.
Green iguanas are an exotic species in Florida known for eating through landscaping and digging burrows that undermine infrastructure.
They're not the only reptiles stunned by this week's cold snap: sea turtles also stiffen up when temperatures fall. Officials with Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City Beach say more than 100 stunned sea turtles have been rescued and are now in rehabilitation. Wildlife officials say the frigid animals may appear dead but often are still alive.