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Raining Iguanas

The poor iguanas in southern Florida, around Miami, had a bad time with the deep freeze. When things got really strange on Tuesday and the temps approached freezing the poor cold-blooded species suffered. Their body temperature depends on the environment.

During such freezing circumstances the iguanas had their temperatures plummet.  They became lethargic and as temperatures continued to drop catatonic. They were still alive but their body functions shut down to conserve energy. The iguanas were suddenly falling from trees and lying on the ground as if dead. If the sudden freezing temperatures would have continued for eight hours or longer the dormant iguanas would start to die. Luckily temperatures have risen again.

I am on the side of the iguanas but I must add here that southern Florida has too many of them. They can cause damage to things like sidewalks and seawalls. Unfortunately, people can be cruel enough to hunt them down and they’re only protected by anti-cruelty laws.

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    • I was thinking Carol that during the very cold spell if those iguanas had been near where I lived I would have taken them into my apartment. I love all kind of animals and if they cannot eat me I’ll do what I can for them.

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