News reaction: The night the iguanas fell

Emylee Preston, Marketing Manager

According to USA Today, on Tuesday afternoon the National Weather Service in Miami issued a warning about frozen iguanas falling from trees across South Florida.

On Wednesday morning, the temperature in Miami dropped to 40 degrees with a wind-chill in the mid-30’s. While this cold shouldn’t last, it still had an affect on these cold-blooded reptiles.

Iguanas tend to live in trees. As the temperature drops, iguanas movement slows and they eventually become immobile. This results in iguanas falling out of the trees all across Florida. Some people have taken this opportunity to sell iguana meat, also called the “chicken of the trees.”

This is something we will most likely never experience living in Ohio. I can’t help but imagine how I would feel if an iguana feel on my head as I was walking into school. It seems peculiar that the result is for people to sell iguana meat. If I had the opportunity, I don’t think I’d want to try a taco with iguana meat.


“The night the iguanas fell: Cold snap chills Florida and now iguana meat is up for sale,” Doyle Rice. USA Today.