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Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's Raining Iguanas!!!


The urban legend it true! It does rain cats and dogs...or in this case, IGUANAS!!!


In south Florida, the temperatures have dropped so much that iguanas are dropping from the trees! Iguanas are not native to Florida and cannot tolerate the occasional cold temps we get. Since they are cold-blooded creatures, their systems go into "hibernation mode" and they literally fall out of the trees. If they warm up in a short amount of time, they will revive. One man learned this the hard way... he stopped to pick up iguanas, tossed them into the back of his car, and drove off. As the car temps warmed the iguanas "back to life", they began crawling around the car and onto the driver. He almost had an accident. (How would he explain this accident...driving while...?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vqq9XUZhJ4&feature=player_embedded

Frozen Florida: icicles on palm trees, falling iguanas, earmuffs instead of flip-flops - 1/6/2010 5:01:27 PM | Newser

18 comments:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my goodness. Not sure how I would have handled such a thing.. pretty sure I wouldn't have picked them up in the first place..lol.. The grandson on the other hand would have.. We're hoping to be above freezing tomorrow.. hope it warms up for all of you your way.
hugs ~lynne~

Deanna said...

Blessings to you!
I think if it rained cats and dogs I'd be better able to get through it...hahaha.

Iguanas have their place in the worlld and it's not with this ole lady here in Kansas!!!
God bless,
d

mbkatc230 said...

I had heard this before, and then I saw the news spot. I was talking about it at work and I think that they figured I'd finally cracked! Thanks for the confirmation! Can you imagine explaining to the admission desk at the hospital that you got bonked on the head by a falling iguana? Those things can get huge, that would definitely leave a mark! Kathy

Maya said...

Those poor iguanas..., how weird is that.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Boy that sounds cold, that has to be so strange for your area, I will be hoping for warmer weather for you...thanks for stopping by my blog, you always say such nice things, i am sure that inspires people to continue blogging, i know it does me..so thanks..I have a new button i would love for you to pick up, it my daughter a whole day to figure how to get me a button of my own, lol Phyllis

theoldboathouse said...

Oh my how amazing! Happy New Year , cheers Katherine

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Guess this is the big news in our part of the world, I posted about the iguanas today also! lol

The weekend and warmer weather can't come soon enough for me and I'm sure you feel the same way Jane.

Susan Erickson said...

I love hearing about this stuff...it is so foreign to my environment. Different perspectives come from different environments! Rock on!

Beach Vintage said...

How amazing is this Jane. I would just die if one was crawling in my car. I hope you had a fabulous New Year my dear. Thanks for your kind words yesterday. Simone

Eileen said...

Iguanas dropping from tress! I can't even imagine it!
I think they are fascinating creatures and I love looking at them, but I wouldn't care to have them drop out of trees onto me and I definitely would not want them crawling on me!

All the best,
Eileen

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Jane,

Having had iguanas, I know this is indeed a fact. I cannot imagine seeing the poor things falling from the trees though! Iguanas are pretty cool creatures and make for interesting pets. I had a male and female and while the male could sometimes be a little crotchety, the female was the sweetest thing.

The champagne glasses are not mine but I am looking for some that are similar. I love beachy stuff and they would fit in perfectly with my d├ęcor.

Warm wishes,
Tracy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Jane, thanks for swinging by darling. I always love when you pop in and visit. We're having a heat wave today.. 41 with sun shining. It's going to take a few days to melt all the snow, so we'll enjoy what we have..lol.. If I could package some snow up and send it your way you would see snow again..lol hugs ~lynne~

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Jane! I saw this on the news! They had footage of one of the poor things falling out of a tree! I picked up one of my pots to move it into the garage and a funny white frog was burrowed underneath, hibernating, so I just put it back. I keep wondering how he is, but dare not peek! lol Hope you are having a good week!...hugs...Debbie

Maria Killam said...

I had to watch that video, that would freak me out!! I guess they are not dangerous!

Bill said...

Fascinating, Jane! Poor iguanas ... poor MAN! I also read your previous post about the effect of the cold temperatures on your tropical plants; sorry you're having to deal with that. Hope they'll all recover quickly.

Thank you for stopping by and for always being so kind and supportive. I appreciate your visits so very much.

Warmest regards,
Bill

Fifi Flowers said...

That iguana is GORGEOUS!!!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Those poor little iguanas.. and poor man with them crawling on him whilst driving... it be hard to watch the road

So how are you coping with the cold Jane??? must be strange? Apart from the dipping temps I hope 2010 is treating you well... take care xx Julie

Shellbelle said...

Jane, where is our warm weather? Sure we're not suffering from frostbite any more, but still…

I wanted to answer your question about Plumerias. Once you remove the cuttings from the tree, you bring them in and let the cut heal over. Come Spring you just stick it in a pot of soil and water. What could be easier? Very cool plant!