It's just Iguanas Chicken Little

Real Estate Agent with Beachfront Realty 3220434

The sky is certainly not falling but our iguanas are falling! Maybe not out of the sky but from their purches in the trees.

It is rare that we here in South Florida see temps dip into the low 40's but when they do our poor little (or not so little) reptile amigos can't handle it. Their systems just shut down and they pass out. It's like a chameleon coma!

I walked around my property and collected a bunch of them and set them in the sun to warm their bodies. Once their internal temps rise they start to wake up. It is fun to watch as they appear in a drunken state at first then they give you a look of thanks and scurry off to the trees. Please be kind to all creatures!



When I found them they were all on their backs in a prone position-I thought it better to set them on their bellies so when they woke up they wouldn't be as scared.

Please be kind to all creatures!


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Comments (35)

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

OMG Marco - I heard about this on the news the other day. Poor little creatures. I'm glad you could help some of them.

Jan 06, 2018 12:47 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You certainly walk your talk, and if we had iguanas, I would do the same thing.  Thank you for the lessons!  A

Jan 06, 2018 02:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Marco- you deserve a medal!!!  Anyway, that is very kind of you to do!!!  PS I hope you washed your hands with a lot of hot water and soap!!!! LOL

Jan 06, 2018 03:58 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

I heard it was happening, but was a bit skeptical.  Here's the proof; thanks for taking care of them.

Jan 06, 2018 06:22 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'd heard about the stunned turtles and seems some rescue video.  Glad you're saving them.  Glad they aren't falling out of trees here as I think it would give me a heart attack.

Jan 06, 2018 08:19 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

I saw a post yesterday where one had fallen by a swimming pool.  Part of its leg or tail was in the pool.  It looked like it was just lounging around, taking a nap 

Jan 07, 2018 02:11 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I remember the Iguanas fell from trees in 2010 too.  I waited until after they stopped, before visiting my friend in Sarasota.

Jan 07, 2018 04:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hey Marco

Well I had no idea about cold temps and iguanas but it certainly makes sense. What a kind hearted soul you are to help these poor creatures!!

Hope it warms up soon!


Jan 07, 2018 08:07 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I read about this bizarre happening recently. It must be frightening to have them fall out of the trees and land on you. LOL

Nice of you to take such good care of the little creatures.

Jan 08, 2018 09:17 AM
Marco Giancola

Thank you birthday twin. I rescue all creatures including bees and worms that get into my pool. Gotta save the bees! Snails and slugs-not so lucky.

Jan 13, 2018 06:13 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Marco, this would be frightening!   I saw many in Costa Rica, but cannot imagine seeing them laying around motionless.

Jan 13, 2018 05:26 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Good for you "collecting" them...afraid that would not be something I could do squeemish sissy that I am. 

Jan 13, 2018 06:02 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Well this just makes me love ya more. What a kind and thoughtful gesture, Marco. I didn't know this happened to iguanas, but it makes sense. Nature sure has some cool on-board defenses for critters. D 

Jan 13, 2018 08:06 AM
Marco Giancola

Aww thanks I appreciate that Debb. It's always been in my "nature" to care for nature. When I was a kid I asked all the neighbors if I could plant a maple tree in their front yards that I had grown from seeds-you should see that street now! Also vivid summer memories of myself trying to rescue every tadpole from drying up puddles. My poor mother

Now its iguanas and bees! 

Jan 14, 2018 06:33 AM
Debb Janes

Yay! Good for you. I'm the same. 

Jan 14, 2018 07:14 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Marco, this year,we definitely are getting some cold temperatures. Not fun.

Jan 13, 2018 07:12 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Marco Giancola - Well, this is all news to me! If I ever see anything like this in the future, I'll be thinking of you and the educational post your wrote and will know exactly what to do. I'm such a nature lover myelf. As a kid and young adult I always had bad dreams during inclement weather and in my dreams, I was always opening up the door to let in all the creatures of the earth come inside. When I woke up, it felt so real! Here in TX, I've had dreams about openening up all windows and doors for birds and butterflies, but that's about all.

Jan 15, 2018 10:56 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I used to live in Panama and we had lots of iguanas - it never got cold enough in Panama while I was there for them to fall out of the trees! Poor little creatures! 

Jan 23, 2018 06:25 AM
Mary Jo Quay - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

When my daughter was very young we were in South America and she loved baby iguanas.  She had 2 that were a few inches long vivid green, and we had to hand feed them. Winters in Lima are chilly, overcast.  They would leap from her onto my head, guess for more body warmth.  It was always startling to a flying green reptile land on my head.

Feb 05, 2018 04:31 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Good story Mary Jo Quay ! How would you like one of my monsters leaping on to your head? LOL

Feb 05, 2018 05:06 AM
Mary Jo Quay

Not so much Marco, my daughter wore them like broaches on her shoulders, and then they'd take a dive onto me. Her favorite book was the Iguana Brothers, a tale of Tom and Don reclaiming their fame as dinosaurs. 

Tom and Don

Feb 05, 2018 06:03 AM
Gary Thomas
Preferred Properties Key West - Key West, FL
Realtor to the Dreamers

We're inundated with them.

Feb 16, 2018 02:44 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

This is so funny - odd funny that is.  It never occurred to me that iguanas would fall out of trees.  I hope they don't get injured when they land.  They are lucky to have you around.

Jun 23, 2018 06:51 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Georie!  Thanks and I love having them around. They usually land in more vegetaion so they are not injured. One fell into my pool but the water is heated so he woke up fast and bolted out of it. Never a dull moment

Jun 24, 2018 01:53 PM