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MIAMI — And here we thought Newfoundlanders had it bad.
The latest bout of crazy weather happenings has gone beyond Newfoundland all the way to South Florida, where temperatures have dropped so low that the U.S. National Weather Service has issued an alert for frozen iguanas falling from trees.
“This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!” NWS Miami tweeted on Tuesday.
The low temperatures stun the invasive reptiles, but the iguanas won’t necessarily die. This means that many have already woken up as temperatures rose throughout the week.
Now we know what really happened to Snow White!
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.
As news of the alert broke, Floridians have turned to Twitter to post their hilarious reactions and their own iguana encounters. Here are some of our favourites:
Don’t let your teaching style come across as cold as this Florida frozen iguana. Teach with fire! Keep it blazing! pic.twitter.com/3qQoZ2ZohS
— brendan rubenstein (@Coach_Ruby1) January 22, 2020
This iguana waking up after going dormant during the cold spell in Florida is WILD.
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) January 22, 2020
South Florida is waking up to cold temperatures and iguanas falling from the sky. Might as well make him comfy with blankie and hat while he thaws out. #FloridaWinter #iguana pic.twitter.com/1w1cgtZ8vx
— Lori Bale (@loribale) January 22, 2020
Today I learned that Florida has issued a state wide “iguana falling from trees” warning, what a day to be alive
— thedevinewatersign♓️ (@TawwneySayre) January 22, 2020
I’m going to make a mint selling falling iguana insurance to senior citizens in Florida.
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) January 22, 2020
Florida is so weird, one moment is hurricane season next it’s falling iguana season
— Renooo (@Samren0) January 22, 2020
On my way to Florida with a giant basket to catch all the iguanas falling out of trees. No iguana will hit the ground on my watch
— katryce (@loadingmercury) January 22, 2020
Picture from my Mom this morning in South Florida. This was frozen iguana #2 of 7 on her morning walk. “Just another day in Paradise” was her quote. pic.twitter.com/MNttgzOI4d
— Steven Schultze (@GEO_Schultze) January 22, 2020
5 Foot Iguana’s are falling out of trees on people in Florida. Zombie Apocalypse is near.
— Dr. Derwin L. Gray (@DerwinLGray) January 23, 2020
With file from The Associated Press