Tuesday, January 5, 2010

You know it's cold when ...

iguanas start dropping out of trees.

Our unusually-cold snap continues here in South Florida. We're accustomed to the cold fronts that blow in and out in a couple of days, quickly bouncing back to the seasonal average highs in the upper 70's. We're experiencing days of lows in the 40's (even 30's!) and highs in the 50's. While certainly nicer than the deep freeze in most of the rest of the country, it's pretty doggone chilly for us.

There is one bright spot though - it may decrease the local iguana population. The large iguanas are not native to our area, they were brought here from Central America (usually as pets) and they have greatly multiplied and prospered, to the point of becoming pests in many places. When the temps drop into the 40's, iguanas become immobilized, to the point of losing their grip and falling off their perches, out of trees, etc. Perhaps we need a new weather service alert type?[Freeze watch! Fire watch! Falling iguana Warning!] If the temps stay low enough, long enough, they can actually die. Considering it would cost millions of dollars to pay hunters to rid cities of the nuisance, maybe that's not so bad ... I like the little buggars, but don't like them pooping everywhere and eating my decorative foliage.

Oh yeah this is a running blog. No running today -- cross training! Weights and Pilates.

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