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Kamikaze Iguanas?

This just cracks me up:

Record lows across South Florida are literally freezing the invasive iguana in its tracks. …

Scientists said these seemingly suicidal lizards are a result of South Florida’s record cold weather. Iguanas prefer temperatures in the 80s and 90s. With Wednesday morning’s temperatures at around 35 degrees, a handful of lifeless lizards hung from branches and fell to the ground.

While these iguanas appeared dead, experts said they are not. When temperatures drop below 40 degrees, iguanas go into a type of hibernation in which their bodies essentially turn off, only allowing the heart to pump blood. When the temperature rises above 40 degrees again, the iguanas are revived. …

While the lizards’ comatose state provides a perfect opportunity to reign in the invasive species, Magill had a warning.

“I knew of a gentleman who was collecting them off the street and throwing them in the back of his station wagon, and all of a sudden these things are coming alive, crawling on his back and almost caused a wreck,” Magill said.

7 Responses to “Kamikaze Iguanas?”

  1. Buck says:

    Liked to seen that.

  2. Weer'd Beard says:

    http://www.iguanacookbook.com/

    Just sayin. BTW if you’re essentially picking them like strawberries and apples, does that make the food you make out of them vegetarian?

  3. Mike w. says:

    “I knew of a gentleman who was collecting them off the street and throwing them in the back of his station wagon, and all of a sudden these things are coming alive, crawling on his back and almost caused a wreck.

    They sound like Zombie Lizards!…..

  4. Miguel says:

    I live near a canal where the Iguanas like to congregate. I don’t particularly like the ugly things and it is funny to see people approach them, tap them with their toes to see if they are alive. By the way, we are talking some big size suckers here of three to five feet not being unusual. Not your cute Geiko Lizzard.

    http://www.city-data.com/forum/attachments/florida/51867d1256746330-introduced-species-florida-dscn1528.jpg

  5. Weer'd Beard says:

    Miguel, Fry them up!

  6. Matt says:

    Bet they taste like gator. Good eating if so.

  7. Dixie says:

    “Bet they taste like gator. Good eating if so.”

    And *much* easier to catch…

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