National Weather Service puts Floridians on alert for falling iguanas

Now there’s something you don’t hear every day: Iguanas freezing in Florida. (Photo: YouTube)

Yes, you read that right, BUZZ fam.

Temperatures have plummeted so low in Florida that green iguanas, shocked by the cold, are falling from suburban trees across the state.

Thermometers dipped below four degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of South Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Miami on Wednesday.

The snap cold is freezing the reptiles in state atop Florida’s trees, however, experts noted that it doesn’t necessarily mean the animals are dead.

The iguanas have a good chance of thawing out if they are moved into the sun, but residents are being advised not to touch the animals, as they are known to bite once they warm up sufficiently.

Kristen Sommers, who oversees the non-native fish and wildlife programme for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told CBS News that the iguanas get sluggish, ultimately freezing up as temperatures drop.

The cold-blooded creatures are native to Central and South America, but in the US, they are categorised as an invasive species.

The iguanas are not the only reptiles affected by the cold snap as biologists have been rescuing stunned sea turtles found floating along or near the Florida shoreline.