Climate change isn’t just altering the weather patterns and storm systems down in Florida. It’s also leading to a full-blown invasion of iguanas, and residents are taking notice.
Why are iguanas showing up all over Florida? The higher temperatures–and longer summers–are making them feel right at home.
The problem is that the iguanas aren’t just taking over the trees. Falling iguanas are creating an unexpected threat to Floridians when the temperatures finally drop.
Why are iguanas falling from trees and what should you do about them? Read on to find out.
What’s Causing Falling Iguanas?
Iguanas, like other reptiles, are cold-blooded creatures. That means that rather than maintaining homeostasis in spite of changing temperatures, iguanas rely on the heat of the sun to keep their blood pumping and their muscles moving.
In fact, you could almost say that iguanas are “charged” by sunlight and warm temperatures. In the heat, iguanas are thriving and active. If the weather is getting warm and wet, something you can expect during a Florida spring season, female iguanas are likely laying eggs–and lots of them.
So what happens to iguanas when the warm season fades and cooler temperatures set in? The temperature of their blood drops, which causes it to move more slowly. Once it’s forty degrees or lower, iguanas are practically in a state of hibernation and can barely move at all.
If they’re up in trees when this occurs–which is their favorite hangout–it’s possible that they’ll lose their grip and fall right out of the tree and onto the ground. In some unlucky circumstances, they’ll land on a passerby in the process!
What Can You Do About Falling Iguanas?
If the temperature is fifty degrees or lower, it’s time to start looking out for falling iguanas. The best thing you can do on a day to day basis is to take precautions and avoid their path. Full-grown iguanas can weigh up to eight pounds, meaning that getting struck on the head by one isn’t exactly ideal!
Check your trees for iguanas. They tend to blend, but if you look closely enough, you’ll spot them. If you notice that your trees have a large iguana population, you may want to look for pest control professionals who have experience with falling iguanas.
Mind Your Head When Walking the Streets of Florida
As climate change progresses, we’re often surprised by the unexpected effects it has on our environment and our lives. At the top of unexpected effects is Florida’s falling iguanas! If you’re walking the streets of Florida on a chilly day, make sure to mind your head and keep an eye on the trees!
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