Record cold temperatures in Florida prove why Iguanas can never ski

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 7, 2010 2:42 pm

The Arctic chill that’s been sweeping the nation lately has made a significant impact on several states, but Florida has been affected in a rather unusual way.

Thanks to careless pet owners, Iguanas have made become an invasive species in Florida. They are certainly not native, being indigenous of South America. Usually, Florida and South America share climate patters–usually hovering between 80 and 95 degrees–perfect for an Iguana.

Because of the recent chill, Florida’s 35 degrees have not been ideal for these lizards. If you live in a ski town and were thinking of taking your pet Iguana out for a ride with you one day…don’t. Once temperatures get below 40 degrees, an Iguana’s body shuts off. They don’t die, they simply go into a form of hibernation, whereby nothing is active except for their blood-pumping hearts—it looks like they’re dead though. Once temperatures climb back up above 40 degrees, they’ll wake up. What’s been happening in Florida is that these Iguanas shut down while they’re up in the trees, so they literally just fall from the tree, seemingly dead. It’s quite a sight. Click here to watch the video of frozen Iguanas falling from trees. If nothing else, it’s good cubicle relief. Let this be a lesson to all…don’t bring your Iguanas skiing with you!