It’s so cold that frozen iguanas are falling off trees in Florida

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If you haven’t heard (or noticed when you step outside), much of the country is experiencing brutally cold temperatures. In fact, even in Florida (you know, the Sunshine State!) it’s so cold that frozen iguanas are falling from trees.

Yep, when temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of South Florida on Jan. 4, the chill caused iguanas to become completely immobilized. However, although the iguanas may appear lifeless, they’re usually not. Fortunately, they are able to thaw out if placed in the sun.

Check out this photo of an unlucky iguana, belly-up and poolside:

If you find an iguana that appears to be frozen, you shouldn’t attempt to move it. That’s because once it warms up, the iguana may feel threatened and is likely to bite. Although they do a great job of playing dead, they’re still very much alive and are simply too cold to move.

“Don’t assume that they’re dead,” Kristen Sommers, who oversees the nonnative fish and wildlife program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told CBS News.

Here’s another frozen iguana spotted on a Palm Beach County road:

Back in 2010, a two-week spate of super-cold temperatures in South Florida killed off a lot of iguanas as well as Burmese pythons and other creatures that thrive in tropical climates. But in the years since, their populations have grown again.

Iguanas are not the only species to be negatively affected by the recent frigid weather across the U.S. Sea turtles also become immobilized when temperatures are too low. The wildlife commission’s biologists have been hard at work to rescue these turtles that have been rendered unable to move by the cold. In Massachusetts, the icy waters have caused sharks to freeze to death, where they’ve washed up on the shore of Cape Cod Bay.

Close-up of a male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) relaxing on a branch. Green background.
Close-up of a male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) relaxing on a branch. Green background.

It’s not just our animal friends that are in danger, either. Many humans are suffering as well. For the nation’s homeless population, bundling up or simply avoiding the outdoors altogether is not an option. If you would like to help homeless people who are battling the cold in your area, call 211, which helps connect residents to essential services in their communities.

Other Animals Love The Winter Weather

However, not all animals are hating on this cold, wintry weather!

Up in Rhode Island, a horse named Cappy got his 15 minutes of fame when a local news reporter posted a video from his sister’s farm. He just couldn’t seem to get enough of the fluffy snow!

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