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An animal lover filmed himself collecting iguanas that had frozen and fallen from palm trees due to Storm Elliott hitting Florida.
The reptiles have been unable to move and have been falling from the palm trees during the deadly cold snap.
Brendan Denuyl, 29, filmed himself picking up a number of iguanas in his arms in Pembroke Pines, South Florida, as they suffered from the cold.
Iguanas are naturally cold-blooded and dependent on the heat of the sun and their surroundings, and when temperatures drop below 10°C they become paralyzed and immobile.
Brendan, who works as a gray taxidermist
Brendan, who works as a gray taxidermist, said he went fishing on Christmas night, which happened to be the coldest night of the year.
He said: ‘The iguanas literally started falling out of the trees.
‘I dropped my fishing rod and began to pick them up as others kept falling to my left and right.
“Once I had a good handful and a few more on the ground next to me, I made a video showing people how these iguanas react in South Florida when temperatures drop.”
Brendan noticed that there are also frozen snakes in the middle of the road.
He said: ‘Most of the snakes and lizards down here will find a path nearby to bask in the sun all year round.
“However, when temperatures drop to 40 degrees, they freeze on those roads and can’t escape or move.”
Brendan added that he doesn’t like it when the state is cold.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation issued a statement explaining that the creatures only enter a temporary state of paralysis.
They also discouraged people from letting them into their homes during cold weather, as they would soon be resuscitated.
Storm Elliott has seen blizzards, freezing rain, whiteouts and strong winds stretching from Canada’s southern border to the Rio Grande, the Gulf Coast and central Florida, and from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast.
The death toll rose to at least 61 on Thursday, authorities said.
Executive Mark Poloncarz
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said two more deaths had been reported in the western New York region that bore the brunt of the historic storm, bringing the total to 39.
Roads reopened Thursday in Buffalo as authorities continued to search for people who may have died or are trapped and suffering after last week’s snowstorm.
The driving ban in New York’s second most populous city was lifted shortly after midnight Thursday, Mayor Byron Brown announced.
“Significant progress has been made” on snow removal, Brown said at a news conference Wednesday night.
Suburban highways, major highways and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport had already reopened.
A general view of snow covered
A general view of snow covered vehicles in Buffalo after the winter storm that has hit the United States
Brown urged residents not to drive if it is not necessary.
The National Guard went door-to-door to check on people who lost power, and authorities faced the possibility of finding more victims as snow melted amid increasingly mild weather.
Buffalo police and officers from other law enforcement agencies also searched for victims, sometimes using officers’ snowmobiles, trucks and other personal equipment.
A man clears the entrance of him on Boxing Day in Hamburg, New York
Some victims have yet to be identified, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Thursday at a storm briefing.
“There are families in this community who have not yet been able to identify where a loved one is, they are missing,” he said.
With the death toll already surpassing that of the area’s notorious 1977 blizzard and rising daily, local officials faced questions about the response to last week’s storm.
“The city did everything it could in historic blizzard conditions,” the mayor said Wednesday.