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See Lizards Litter Florida Neighborhoods After Temperatures Drop – Action News Jax

Florida winters are full of surprises, but longtime residents know to let the “sleeping” iguanas lie.

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While the Sunshine State is renowned for its unusually warm winter months, Mother Nature still occasionally thrusts Floridians into near-freezing territory, and some of the country’s most southeastern lizards struggle to keep their perches level. trees.

According to the Associated Press, invasive species enter a suspended animation-like survival mode when the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 4 degrees Celsius. Lizards stunned by the cold then fall to the ground but usually recover when the sun’s rays warm them.

Needless to say, the scenes in some South Florida neighborhoods on Sunday morning were quite startling for newcomers and par for the course for longtime residents.