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Florida iguanas are freezing and falling out of trees

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The reptiles may be easier to catch this week when it's cold, Sommers said.

"This provides an opportunity to capture some, but I'm not sure it's going to be cold enough for long enough to make enough of a difference", Sommers said.

While the iguanas look dead, experts say that's not the case.

The cold-blooded iguanas have been falling out of trees since the weather suddenly worsened and temperatures plummeted.

"It's too cold for them to move", said Sommers.

"He'll either get enough sun where he'll revive himself and get himself up the tree, or he'll continue to freeze and turn dark brown - nearly black - and I'll know he's dead", Cerabino said.

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Florida iguanas are freezing and falling out of trees

Just ask a green iguana - the kind that are common in South Florida.

One of the strongest winter storms in that part of the U.S. in modern history has pummeled cities with snow and sleet, forcing schools and businesses to close while grounding thousands of flights.

The cold snap gripping the East Coast has reached well into normally balmy Florida, and it's not just people trying to adjust.

"Once it gets above 50 degrees they'll start to activate and move around", said Maple.

"The scene at my backyard swimming pool this 40-degree South Florida morning: A frozen iguana", Cerabino tweeted, along with a photo of the lizard.

The situation was much worse for iguanas in 2010, when temperatures in South Florida fell to the low 30s, The Sun Sentinel reported. Like nature's solar panels, once the iguanas absorb enough rays of sun, they spring back into action.

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When the water temperatures drop, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water on or near shore, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Curious residents who find paralyzed iguanas should be careful, or they might get a nasty surprise in the form of a bite.

"Bats sometimes will fall out of the roost of trees when we have a pretty cold snap", Sommers said.

Temperatures dropped below 40 degrees in parts of South Florida Thursday, causing the reptiles to freeze and fall out of trees.

See, at first you probably felt sorry for them, didn't you?

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