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Iguanas fell from a tree in Florida when a cold snap caused lizards to freeze and end up in a coma

IGUANAS were discovered falling from trees in Florida because the low temperatures caused them to freeze and end up in a coma-like state.

The strange phenomenon occurred as a cold snap hit the Sunshine State with mercury reaching as low as -4C (25F) in South Florida.

Iguanas have been spotted falling from trees

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Iguanas have been spotted falling from treesCredit: AP
The lizards lose their grip when the temperature drops to the 40s

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The lizards lose their grip when the temperature drops to the 40sCredit: DreherPark / Cathy Butler
They often end up in a coma-like state

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They often end up in a coma-like stateCredit: DreherPark / Cathy Butler

It comes like winter storm Kenan beat most of the East Coast over the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had earlier warned residents they could encounter some frozen lizards as the area is experiencing “the coldest temperatures in over a decade.”

The agency explains that iguanas are cold-blooded and that they tend to slow down or even become completely inactive when temperatures drop sharply.

This can cause the lizards resting in the trees to fall significantly, but it does not mean they are dead.

The agency tweeted: “A cold morning…not as cold as our friends up north dealing with blizzards…but we have our own lizards to worry about.

“Do you really think that with the coldest temperatures in over a decade, we wouldn’t warn you about the falling Iguanas?”

Experts say the animals may lose muscle control but most of their bodily functions continue to function.

Sarah Funck says USA Today: “Depending on the temperature and how long it lasts, iguanas can be stunned by the cold or even killed.

“When we reach near freezing or freezing temperatures, iguanas can sometimes fall from trees and lie hard on the ground.”

She added that in most cases, lizards “recover pretty quickly” when the temperature rises again.

Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) has warned residents not to bring frozen iguanas back to their homes or cars but to dispose of them safely or contact professional wildlife catchers.

Meanwhile, excited Floridians took it to Twitter to share snaps of frozen lizards they caught near their home.

One said: “Iguana down, I repeat, salamander down. When it gets cold like this in South Florida, we get an unusual risk of iguanas falling from trees.

Another wrote: “Florida has two seasons: hurricanes and falling salamanders.”

Someone joked: “I’m seeing frozen iguanas falling from trees in Florida like… frozen iguanas!”

Reptiles usually recover when it starts to warm up

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Reptiles usually recover when it starts to warm upCredit: Reuters

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