It's certainly not the warning you would expect to hear when cold weather arrives - "WARNING FALLING IGUANAS POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND" - but that is exactly what Floridians are dealing with as the Sunshine state is preparing for temperatures to fall below freezing in some areas this weekend.
Brian Shields, a meteorologist at WFTV in Orlando, sent out the warning to his viewers and followers for "Falling Iguanas." He warned that iguanas can slow down and become immobile when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. As they slow down, the animals can fall from trees onto the ground. Now, if you've haven't ever seen an Iguana up close, they can grow up to 7 feet long with their tail included and generally weigh around 20 pounds! Imagine THAT falling out of a tree and landing on you!
Back in 2020, the National Weather Service in Miami issued an unofficial warning to residents to look out for “falling iguanas” during a cold snap.