The National Weather Service (NWS) took the unusual step on Tuesday of warning that frozen iguanas are expected to shower South Florida as temperatures drop to unusually low levels for the region overnight.

Iguanas, as it turns out, are susceptible to freezing once temperatures drop to around 40F (4.44C). When frozen, these cold-blooded creatures lose their grip on the cozy trees they call home and slip. But the experts informed the public to be aware that the chilled reptiles may be stiff and appear lifeless – but they are not dead.

The NWS made the decision to alert the public on Twitter to the increased likelihood of the falling iguanas.

Floridians seem relatively unfazed that green reptiles may freeze up and show up petrified around their pools or on their decks. The possibility has come about every winter for years.


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