Why Is It Raining Iguanas in Florida?

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If you're looking to have a myth debunked, you've come to the wrong place. "Frozen Iguanas Falling From Florida Trees" is neither the name of a schlocky B-rated horror film nor an urban legend. It’s something that really happens, which, if you're a Floridian yourself, you might be somewhat familiar with. But the rest of us may just be getting used to the fact that it rains more than cats and dogs in The Sunshine State. In addition to hurricanes and alligators, there’s another form of reptilian precipitation to watch out for.

But just why does this phenomenon happen? The short answer is that iguanas simply don't belong in Florida; they’re not native to the state, and those living there aren't used to the extremes of Florida weather yet. But there’s a longer answer, and it’s a fascinating tale of invasive species, animal physiology and one of the strangest weather reports you'll ever see.

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