Warning! The newest threat to South Florida.


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The newest threat to our way of life?

A new and chilling danger to Lake Worth residents posed by the  invasion of illegal immigrants has just come to light.

From the Palm Beach Post this morning:

Monday, January 19, 2009

The chilly weather in South Florida this week was cold enough to force some iguanas to fall from trees.

Experts say the cold-blooded reptiles go into a deep sleep when the temperature falls into the 40s. Their bodies basically shut off and they lose their grip on the tree.

According to David Hitzig at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, iguana deaths usually go up when temperatures drop. That’s because the reptiles try to warm themselves on asphalt surfaces like sidewalks, roads and driveways.

Most of the iguanas found in South Florida were once pets that were released when they got too big. The reptiles can grow up to 6 feet long.


As most of us know Iguanas are not native to Florida. They are overrunning our communities, consuming vital resources without paying taxes. As if this was not enough cause for concern we now are living under the threat of being hit in the head from these invaders sleeping in our trees.

Lake Worth appears to be among the first communities to be responding to this newest threat to our South Florida lifestyle.

Tragedy at the Cultural Plaza

Tragedy at the Cultural Plaza

“We are in a state of crisis this morning”, stated Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemens. “We will be closing all city parks until this crisis has passed.”, he added, “There is an unconfirmed report of a Yorkshire Terrier being squashed by a four foot Iguana that fell from a banyan tree at the Cultural Plaza last night and with temperatures expected to drop even further over the next few days we are exploring all our options”

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Bold ideas stir controversy

One option put forth by Lake Worth Commissioner Cara Jennings is already drawing the ire of fellow Commissioners and residents. Jennings has proposed shutting down the courts at the shuffleboard center and enclosing them as a haven for the iguanas. “I have already looked in to a State Grant Program to provide heating pads and lettuce for the Iguanas until this crisis passes”, commented Jennings.

In a related story, Lake Worth Commissioner Retha Lowe issued a press release stating that she may have accepted campaign contributions from the Iguanas, but simply wrote the address from their envelopes on the forms by mistake.

I am sure we have not heard the end of this. Until then, make sure you look up!

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2 Comments on “Warning! The newest threat to South Florida.”

  1. lynn-a Says:

    WHAT A HOOT!!!!!

  2. Barbara Jean Says:

    Something there is that doesn’t love a feral green iguana. Sad. I will gladly donate all the unused bags o’ salad that are languishing in the bottom of my fridge. And that’s a lot.


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