Today on Planet 100: Kamikaze Iguanas (Video)
Today, Planet 100 looks at how a record cold snap in Florida is bringing an old urban legend to life.Iguanas, an invasive species in Florida, have started to fall out of trees. When temperatures drop below 48 degrees, the reptiles begin to hibernate, ceasing all non-essential body functions. Once this happens, they release their grip and fall out of trees.
Though scientists believe the iguanas will wake up once temperatures rise again, still dropping cold could kill the reptiles.
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Read more about the Florida cold snap:
Florida Cold Snap Devastating Coral and Marine Life
Massive Cold-Weather Fish Kills Seen Across Florida
Florida Hunters Urged to Use Cold Weather to Kill Invasive Pythons and Reptiles
Iguana Showers and Frozen Sea Turtle Rescue in Frigid Florida
2,000 Endangered Sea Turtles Killed or Injured by Frigid Waters in Florida (Photos)