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While most people think of citrus crop losses when the weather gets cold in South Florida, damaged fruit isn’t the only thing that falls out of the trees.

So if you are in the area during a freeze, wear a padded hat and watch the trees.  They are mostly harmless.


1 hipparchia { 01.24.09 at 7:16 pm }

way more fun than snow.

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2 Bryan { 01.24.09 at 8:04 pm }

Some of them are rather large and would hurt if you got hit. I can’t imagine that it is good for them either.

3 Kryten42 { 01.24.09 at 8:52 pm }

Could be worse… Dropbears!! LOL

I’m sure they would be fine, so long as they don’t shatter upon impact. 😉

4 Bryan { 01.24.09 at 9:23 pm }

It won’t be bad if they were on lower limbs and still small, but the bigger ones could well hurt themselves and anyone walking under the tree.

Dropbears at least have some padding, and no one freaks out just seeing them.

5 Jack K., the Grumpy Forester { 01.24.09 at 10:49 pm }

…it occurs to me that we don’t have frozen reptiles raining out of the trees when the temperature drops below freezing out here in the PacNW…

I may have to revisit my “retire to warm southern clime” plans…

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6 Bryan { 01.24.09 at 11:20 pm }

Florida didn’t have them or any large constrictors in the Everglades until people were allowed to import these things before anyone thought through the consequences of their escape to the wild.

We have a lot of tropical flora and fauna that don’t belong here, but it’s a little late now.

7 cookie jill { 01.25.09 at 1:02 am }

Poor babies….

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8 oldwhitelady { 01.25.09 at 9:49 am }

At least the cold doesn’t kill the poor little critters. I think I would be shocked to find an iguana falling from a tree as I walked past!

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9 Steve Bates { 01.25.09 at 11:29 am }

I can sympathize with the critters; I, too, sometimes lose my grip in cold weather.

Of course, in Austin, near the bat bridge on Congress Avenue, I suppose they probably perform a play, The Night of the Guano… there are worse things that could fall on you than iguanas.

10 Bryan { 01.25.09 at 12:58 pm }

Babies are cute, Jill. Six feet of iced lizard whacking you in the head is definitely not cute.

They usually revive with a little direct sun, OWL, just like most reptiles. They should go into burrows like the native species, but they didn’t evolve in this climate.

If you lived closer to the Gulf Coast, Steve, you would realize that bats are nothing compared to seagulls, although it doesn’t generally cause concussions.

11 Steve Bates { 01.25.09 at 3:13 pm }

Actually, Bryan, I live a lot closer to the Gulf (about 50 mi.) than to Austin (about 150 mi.). And regrettably I’m quite familiar with the output of seagulls…

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12 cookie jill { 01.25.09 at 5:43 pm }

Picking up falling frozen lizards….sounds like a job for Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs guy.

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13 Bryan { 01.25.09 at 7:31 pm }

Bats tend to concentrate their output in one spot and it makes a decent fertilizer. Seagulls then to concentrate their output on newly washed dark colored cars.

It’s not really a dirty job, Jill, iguana skin is a lot like a fine leather and they are a lot cleaner than parrots and macaws.

14 cookie jill { 01.26.09 at 1:23 am }

Well…I was thinking about all the cleanup of the blood and crushed skulls should a really big lizard guy tumbles and hits a little old lady or something …. 😉

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15 Bryan { 01.26.09 at 10:51 am }

Well, yes, a six-footer dropping on a daycare outing would be a problem, but it is usually too cold for people to want to walk about when this happens.