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Florida iguanas dropping with the temps

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Posted at 11:10 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 23:21:25-05

FLORIDA — Move over, Florida Man. This peculiarity is a job for the lizards.

We all know iguanas and other lizards are cold-blooded. What many of us in the newsroom learned tonight is when cold temperatures hit Florida, the iguanas hit the floor.

All kidding aside, it's a real danger in one of our favorite winter vacation states.

Cold blooded animals enter a dormant state when temps drop, which means the tree-dwelling lizards suddenly can't hold on to their perch and come crashing down. The danger is so real the Weather Channel put out a warning:

Green iguanas, which are native to Florida, tend to grow to around 8lbs, but the blue iguana can get as big as 30. You can imagine a 10 pound weight falling from a tree onto your head, onto your car, your home - there will be damage!

Keep your heads up, vacationers. And maybe help get Iggy to the nice safe bushes if you see him lying on the sidewalk tonight.