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Though it is not as cold in Fla as other places animals are suffering.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- It has gotten so cold in Florida that freezing iguanas were spotted falling out of trees.

Kamikaze iguanas, plummeting from their treetop perches, have long been a Floridian urban legend, but Miami television station WPLG was able to capture footage of the reptiles.

Scientists said these seemingly suicidal lizards are a result of South Florida's record cold weather. Iguanas prefer temperatures in the 80s and 90s. With Wednesday morning's temperatures at around 35 degrees, a handful of lifeless lizards hung from branches and fell to the ground.

While these iguanas appeared dead, experts said they are not. When temperatures drop below 40 degrees, iguanas go into a type of hibernation in which their bodies essentially turn off, only allowing the heart to pump blood. When the temperature rises above 40 degrees again,



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JrSmOm2005

Asked by JrSmOm2005 at 9:38 AM on Jan. 8, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • yep, it's cold here! but still not as cold as the mountains of NC where I used to live!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:40 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Yes, it is unusually cold here in Miami. The thing is we are not use to so many days in a row of cold weather, we normally have one or two and then warm again in between. Those poor iguanas are falling and dying from the cold, We have another week or so of the unusual weather, I am sure it will get back to normal after that. I hate cold weather!!!!!
    older

    Answer by older at 10:39 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Do you have a point? The temp where I am right now is -9, and falling. Is it not a more dire situation for Animal shelters in California that are putting down abandoned horses they have no resources to care for?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • hahahaahahahaha! That's such a funny sight. I'm more concerned about the orange groves and other vegitaiton that will suffer from the freezes. Most of the animals have mechanisms to help them survive the chills.

    Why not sell the hourses to raise money (to processing plants or whatever they do with them.) I mean, if the animals will be killed anyway, why not do that and use the money to help other animals?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • But WAIT!!! What about global warming?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!
    RutterMama

    Answer by RutterMama at 1:52 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • "Why not sell the hourses to raise money (to processing plants or whatever they do with them.) I mean, if the animals will be killed anyway, why not do that and use the money to help other animals?"

    In some states that is illegal. CO is having a similar problem with starving, abandoned horses. However, they changed the law in CO a while back that horses can't be sold to processing plants. People can't sell their horses, they can't give them away, and the shelters aren't taking any more. So, they get abandoned.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 1:54 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

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