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It's Raining... Iguanas? Florida's Weird Weather Alert

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You've heard of cats and dogs falling from the sky when the weather outside is frightful, but a new and delightful report from the National Weather Service of South Florida predicts a very different, animal-based weather oddity. Iguanas, common to the area, and a familiar sight in the local trees, may begin falling from their branches with the current temperatures. The report has the rest of the States in stitches.

"This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s," wrote the National Weather Service.

So, why the sudden falling lizards? Iguanas, as reptiles, are cold blooded, meaning they need a warm environment to stay warm, as opposed to warming themselves, as mammals do. When the temperature outside drops too low, they begin to move slowly or even stop moving altogether, in order to use their energy conserving what little body heat they do have. As a result, they can freeze up, and lose their grip on a tree branch, tumbling to the ground. But don't worry! They aren't dead, and they may even bite once the temperature warms and they wake up.

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach area and the Interior and Gulf Coast regions are most at risk, according to the report.

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