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No, Those Iguanas Aren't Dead

They shut down, fall out of trees in chill, but will revive
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 9:37 PM CST
No, Those Iguanas Aren't Dead
A stunned iguana lies on the sidewalk after falling from a tree today in Surfside, Fla.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – No, those iguanas plummeting out of trees all over Florida haven’t been killed by the unusual cold, nor are they suicidal over it. In fact, a Miami zoologist tells WPLG-TV, the lizards’ bodies basically turn off when temps dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and they hibernate until things get closer to their preferred 80 degrees.

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And while sidewalks full of iguanas may bring temptation to cull the non-native species a bit, beware, Ron Magill adds: “I knew of a gentleman who was collecting them off the street and throwing them in the back of his station wagon, and all of a sudden these things are coming alive, crawling on his back and almost caused a wreck.”
(Read more iguana stories.)

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