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Gingersnap
01-05-2010, 10:46 AM
Extended cold could kill invasive iguanas
Dropping temperatures slow down lizards

By Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel

9:04 p.m. EST, January 4, 2010
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With this week's evening temperatures falling toward the upper 30s, strange fruit may drop from South Florida trees: non-native, invading iguanas that many residents consider more pest than pet.

"It's a big deal for me," Jessica Morgan, a Margate homeowner, said as she watched a yard-long, bright orange male iguana roam near her butterfly habitat. The reptile has a slightly smaller green girlfriend.

"They climb up on the bank and will poop on my dock," she said. "Fingers crossed that this cold snap will kill them. I don't have the heart to beat one to death. I hope the weather does it for me."

Iguanas become immobilized when the temperature drops into the 40s, as it did Sunday night, said Tiffany Snow, nuisance-wildlife biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. While they usually revive when the temperature rises, they could die if it remains below 40 degrees for three days or so, she said.

It is legal to kill iguanas, but it must be done humanely. Among the options is decapitation. Some local animal control authorities will accept live iguanas that have been trapped, Snow said.

"If somebody is looking to trap them, I guess right now would be a good time because they're not moving," she said.

Stand by for the inevitable stories of drunken Floridians beating each other to death with frozen iguanas. :D

Sun Sentinel (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/fl-cold-iguanas-20100104,0,5045045.story)

coach
01-05-2010, 11:04 AM
they will head to heat sources. stories of blue hairs being eaten by maurading packs of them !

Gingersnap
01-05-2010, 11:15 AM
they will head to heat sources. stories of blue hairs being eaten by maurading packs of them !

I think even the Snowbird crowd could outrun a frozen iguana but who knows really? :D

Apache
01-05-2010, 11:25 AM
I think even the Snowbird crowd could outrun a frozen iguana but who knows really? :D

What if the batteries in their Hoverounds freeze up...what then, what then??? :eek:



:D

coach
01-05-2010, 11:30 AM
What if the batteries in their Hoverounds freeze up...what then, what then??? :eek:



:D



and they wont notice them till they've lost a leg or two.
carnage I tell ya, carnage !

Apache
01-05-2010, 11:34 AM
and they wont notice them till they've lost a leg or two.
carnage I tell ya, carnage !

Yup, and lil' Miss Snaps just makes jokes about it...:eek::p

noonwitch
01-05-2010, 11:50 AM
I think even the Snowbird crowd could outrun a frozen iguana but who knows really? :D



My dad would just smush them with one of his crutches. His mother would have caught them, thawed them out, skinned them and cooked them for dinner, though. No use letting meat go to waste.

MountainMan
01-05-2010, 12:07 PM
The real question we need to be asking is if Shannon has these on her diet? :D

FlaGator
01-05-2010, 12:13 PM
Iguana-pops! Who's up for one? Take it out of the freezer and eat it before it wakes up.

Lanie
01-05-2010, 12:20 PM
Stand by for the inevitable stories of drunken Floridians beating each other to death with frozen iguanas. :D

Sun Sentinel (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/fl-cold-iguanas-20100104,0,5045045.story)

lol. Oh my gosh, you're probably right. :D