MIAMI, Florida – The National Weather Service in Miami, Florida is warning residents and visitors to be aware of falling iguanas due to cold weather temperatures in South Florida.
“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. Brrrr!,” the National Weather Service in Miami tweeted.
Jan 21 – 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. Brrrr! #flwx #miami pic.twitter.com/rsbzNMgO01
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) January 21, 2020
Iguanas are attracted to trees with foliage or flowers, most fruits (except citrus) and almost any vegetable.
Green iguanas are an invasive species that were first reported in Florida in the 1960s in Hialeah, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne along Miami-Dade County’s southeastern coast, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Green iguana populations now stretch along Florida’s Atlantic Coast in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties and along the Gulf Coast in Collier and Lee Counties.
There have also been reports as far north as Alachua, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.
However, individuals observed in more northern counties are likely escaped or released captive animals and are unlikely to establish populations, as iguanas are not cold hardy.