Iguanas Were Falling Off Of Trees !
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Do you remember how cold it got on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week here in Central Florida? Temperatures were dropping so low in South Florida (39 degrees Fahrenheit) that residents were finding iguanas falling off of the trees, in the video “Cold, stunned iguanas are falling from trees in Florida“, below:
It’s so cold, iguanas are falling from trees, in the video “Iguanas stiffen up as cold weather sweeps across South Florida“, below:
As temperatures drop in South Florida, weather authorities are warning residents to be on the lookout for temporarily immobilized iguanas falling from trees, in the video “Falling iguanas: Cold weather prompts unusual warning in Florida“, below:
The National Weather Service in Miami is warning residents about the possibility of falling iguanas thanks to cold temperatures. “This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!” the NSW tweeted Tuesday. The cold-blooded animals can slow down or become immobile when temperatures dip into the 40s, and are known to drop out of trees, in the video “Iguanas Drop From Trees Due to Cold, NBC 6“, below:
Shoot to kill … and eat. That’s become the new method for limiting the out-of-control green iguana population in Puerto Rico. Volunteers in the island territory have begun patrolling for the pesky lizard in an effort to reduce its numbers. Meat from iguanas can become part of the human diet. Even restaurants in the continental United States are starting to import iguana meat, which can be prepared in many different ways, in the video “Hunting and Eating Invasive Iguanas, National Geographic“, below:
For more about iguana, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Iguana (/ɪˈɡwɑːnə/, Spanish: [iˈɣwana]) is a genus of herbivorous lizards that are native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The genus was first described in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the green iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean iguana, which is native to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction, introduced feral predators, hunting, and hybridization with introduced green iguanas.
The word “iguana” is derived from the original Taino name for the species, iwana. In addition to the two species in the genus Iguana, several other related genera in the same family have common names of the species including the word “iguana”.
Iguanas can range from 1.5 to 1.8 metres (5 to 6 ft) in length, including their tail. The two species of lizard within the genus Iguana possess a dewlap and a row of elongated scales running from the midline of their necks down to their tails. Iguanas have varying types of scales covering different areas of their body, for example, there are some large round tuberculate scales scattered around the lateral region of the neck among smaller, overlapping scales. The scales on the dorsal trunk of their body are also thicker and more tightly packed than those on the ventral side. These scales may be a variety of colors and are not always visible from close distances. They have a large round scale on their cheeks known as a sub-tympanic shield.
Iguanas have keen vision and can see shapes, shadows, colors, and movement at long distances. Their visual acuity enables them to navigate through crowded forests and to locate food. They employ visual signals to communicate with other members of the same species.
The tympanum, the iguana’s eardrum, is located above the sub-tympanic shield (or “ear shield”) behind each eye. Iguanas are often hard to spot, as they tend to blend into their surroundings and their coloration enables them to hide from larger predators.
Like most reptiles, an iguana has a three-chambered heart with two atria, one ventricle, and two aortae with a systemic circulation. The muscles of an iguana are very light in color, this is due to the high proportion of fast glycolytic muscle fibers. These fibers are not very vascularized and are low in myoglobin, giving them their pale look. This high density of fast glycolytic muscle fibers allows iguanas to move very quickly for a short period of time, which facilitates short bursts of movement but is inefficient for long duration movement, since cellular respiration in fast glycolytic muscle fibers is anaerobic.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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