US winter storm: paralyzed iguanas fall from trees, rescuers catch frozen turtles

(ORDO NEWS) — In Wyoming, a state in the western United States, the air temperature dropped to minus 24 degrees Celsius in half an hour. This cooling was a record for the western regions of America.

A winter storm has brought arctic cold to wide swaths of the United States. The situation is complicated by strong winds.

Approximately 90 million people have felt the cold breath of the Arctic. Wyoming, Oregon and Colorado are at the epicenter of low temperatures.

But people are not the only ones who suffer from abnormal cold. Cold-blooded animals like iguanas fall immobilized from trees in South Florida, where temperatures have also plunged below freezing.

At the same time, sea turtles freeze in the water and can be stranded all along the coast from Texas to New England.

Iguanas freeze in the cold and fall from trees, but do not die. Reserve keepers and animal rights activists are busy rescuing wildlife.

They warn that stiff iguanas should not be touched because they can still bite. It is better to report reptiles to special services.

Scientists say iguanas are gradually adjusting to cooler temperatures. Therefore, this year they fall less from trees than last year. “Every year I see fewer and fewer iguanas falling from trees.

And it’s not because their numbers are declining,” said Miami Zoo spokesman Ron Magill. According to him, reptiles simply adapt and no longer react strongly to temperature changes.

However, sea turtles have not been able to adapt to the cold as well. In recent years, volunteers have been busy rescuing them in Texas and other states.

For example, in February 2021, rescuers caught more than 4,000 frozen sea turtles and sent them to rehabilitation.

According to ecologists, the cold could nullify decades of work to restore the population of rare species.

The cold, as it were, paralyzes the turtles, because of which they cannot eat or even hold their heads up. This condition leads to their death, reports The Daily Mail.

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