Horned Lizards in Our Backyard!

Horned Lizards in Our Backyard!

– I’m Coyote Peterson. – And I’m Pup Peterson. – And where are we this evening? – In my grandma’s backyard.
– In the Sonoran Desert. and we’re headed out to look for horned lizards. Hey Pup? I got one. I see one, hurry! (fast, upbeat music) I’ve been visiting the
Sonoran Desert since childhood and have always been captivated by its rugged beauty
and fascinating animals. On this adventure, I’m
getting the chance to bring my daughter, Pup
Peterson, with me. This is her first
major production trip and she couldn’t
be more excited. For several years now
she has been safely catching frogs,
non-venomous snakes, and even snapping turtles,
under my supervision. Exploring Arizona has been
one of her young dreams. On this trip, she got the
chance to get up close with many different animals. From scorpions and tarantulas… You’re not nervous?
– No. – [Coyote] That’s a
pretty big spider, though, isn’t it?
– Yeah. – [Coyote] To giant
Colorado River toads. At seven years old,
she is one adventurous and completely fearless kid. But nothing was more
important to her than finding the legendary
regal horned lizard. Which, as most of you
know, is the reptile responsible for giving
me the nickname Coyote. Which in turn led her
to the nickname Pup. Now, Pup, there’s a great reason that we’re in grandma’s
backyard tonight. We know that there are
horned lizards out here. One of the reasons
that the horned lizards live here in her yard
is check this out. Do you know what those are? – Harvester ants. – That is absolutely right. Now these little ants
are the favorite food of the regal horned lizard. But don’t get too
close because they have a nasty little sting. Now, we know that grandma said there’s horned lizards
all over the place out here, right?
– Yeah. – All we need to do is start
searching around the yard and hopefully we’ll
come across some. The temperatures
are cooling down and the horned lizards
are gonna come out. You ready to start our search? – Yeah.
– Alright, high fives? Boom! Let’s go find
some horned lizards. Back yards in the Sonoran Desert are exactly as
you might imagine. Plenty of sand and
rocks with spiky cacti around every turn. These biological land
mines didn’t deter Pup as she zigzagged around
every prickly pear and even got down
on hands and knees searching for her
prized reptile. – Nothin’ yet but I’m
not gonna give up. – [Coyote] Keep lookin’. My mom is constantly
sending me pictures of the horned lizards
that live in her backyard. There’s gotta be 20 or
30 of them back here. They’re just so hard to find. The regal horned
lizard, sometimes also referred to as a horny toad, is one of the friendliest
and safest animals you could ever hope to
encounter in the desert. So I had no hesitation
when it came to letting Pup get up close. – Something green just ran by. – [Coyote] Before I knew it Pup had spotted something. What’d you see? What’d you see? – I don’t know. I saw
something running. – It might’ve been
a horned lizard. – (Pup gasps) Wait.
– [ Coyote] What’d you see? – [Voiceover]
Somethin’ right there. Right here. Something
right in here. – [Coyote] Anything?
– [Pup] No. But I saw fur. – [Coyote] Turns out. It was just a mouse. So, the search continued. They camouflage
unbelievably well. You almost have to step on them and get them to move before you can actually see them. We were losing light fast
with the sun disappearing behind the mountains when, finally, I spotted one. He’s sitting there right
by the edge of that log and Pup doesn’t know it yet. Let’s see how she
reacts when I call out, “Horned lizard.” You ready? Here we go. Hey, Pup? I got one! I see one, hurry! – Really? – He’s right up
against this log. Right there. You see him? – [Pup] Yeah. – [Coyote] You
think you can catch that horned lizard?
– [Pup] Yeah. Once you actually spot one they’re rather simple to catch. Now watch this. Simple to catch? Famous last words, dad. This lizard was on the run and Pup was right on its tail. There’s a burrow
right over here. I don’t want to get him in here. Be careful on those
cactus spines. Can you see him?
– [Pup] Yeah. – [Coyote] Can you
get a handle on him? Try to grab him. – [Pup] Got him.
– [Coyote] Got him? – [Pup] Yeah.
– [Coyote] Nice! Good catch! – [Voiceover] Under a cactus. – Nice! A little
risky but you got him. High fives! Nice, alright. Wow! There it is. That is your first regal
horned lizard, isn’t it? Why do love horned
lizards so much? – I just think they’re so cute and they’re non-venomous and they’re the safest
animal that you can catch. I came all this way
and I finally got one. – [Coyote] Now,
what do you notice about his camouflage? – [Pup] It really matches
into the sand here. – [Coyote] Tell
me about his tail. – [Pup] It has a
pattern of stripes. It goes from big stripe all the way down
to small stripe. – [Coyote] He almost
disappears when you set him down on the
ground, doesn’t he? – [Pup] Yeah. – [Coyote] What does
a horned lizard’s camouflage help it hide from? – Predators.
– [Coyote] Right. Now what would be a predator that might eat a horned lizard? – A coyote. – [Coyote] That’s right. Or… – [Pup] A roadrunner.
– [Coyote] Or maybe… – A mouse. – (Coyote laughs) No,
I don’t think a mouse but a coyote and
a roadrunner are the top two predators
of the horned lizards. Did you know that
the only true spikes on a horned lizard are
the crown of spikes on the back of its head? You see all these spikes
on top of his body and that run along the side? – Yeah. – Those are nothing more
than modified scales. It makes him look spiky but he’s not really that spiky. What an awesome experience. Being here today right
in grandma’s backyard. But I want to know
about the animals that live in your backyard. Write to us and tell
us what sort of cool creatures you have
right behind your house. I’m Coyote Peterson, – And I’m Pup Peterson, – Be brave, stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. As parents, we strive to
see our children smile and I think it
goes without saying that we all hope for
our children’s dreams to come true. – I’m Pup Peterson and
I love horned lizards. – [Coyote] Especially if
they dream of horned lizards. On the next backyard adventure, I visit Arizona’s Boyce
Thompson Arboretum with wild man Phil and his
even wilder son, Archie. With flashlights in
hand we will head out to see what crawls,
slithers, and flies, by the darkness of night. (animal sounds) Before launching
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Comments (100)

  1. I can’t even hold a trantura and I’m 11and she’s 7 lol

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  5. Wow that’s amazing she caught one so big 0:49

  6. Blue tongue lizard 7 inch long

  7. One time I saw two rabbits in my back yard I think they live under my shed

  8. We got a gofer……

  9. I got lizards ants and humans

  10. i have a wolf in my back yard

  11. i have a berded dragon

  12. Frogs shaping turtles snakes bugs fox cat

  13. Dead mouse for my cat

  14. Do you guys know what a beard a dragon is

  15. My dog is a animal that explores the back yard

  16. Coyotes, snakes, deer, and foxes ? I love foxes oh yea my favorite animal is a WOLF

  17. What is your favorite animal

  18. A horrid lizard a lizard a frog and AA snake which is we can't get the snake out of lairs killing all are animals witches we feed we take care of them a gloss dogs we need you to take it out

  19. Coyote I never knew you had a kid
    Pup is so adorable

  20. Coyote pet a coyote in real life

  21. in my backyard i have deers dog cat ants bears and hoomans

  22. some of the most rarest hoomans on earth btw i was lookin in the woods and found an indian teepee

  23. That’s one big backyard ?

  24. Some times frogs come out

  25. She's a year younger than my little brother and braver than he is?!

  26. I see a dead dog on my backyard

  27. I have deers tomorrow in my backyard

  28. I my backyard there are animals like frogs blue gunk lizeds bull ants

  29. i saw a gilla monster

  30. That kid is so cute

  31. Coyote:what's animal lives in your backyard
    Me:dog rats ants 2 college students and some other college students scream in the middle of the night

  32. does pup have a youtube

  33. i have a millionyellow jackets

  34. 5:41 uhh… Woodpigioms? Worms…Blackbirds-I live in England sooo…

  35. bunch of snake and masue and crikets and bee

  36. I have snakes frogs toads bunnies and sometimes bats

  37. I have a lot a
    Of foxs and deer in my back yard

  38. I have a bob cats in my backyard

  39. Animals that live in my back yard Venomous snakes an nonVenomous snakes and deer,Fox,BobCats,Cats and wolves,Rats,Frogs and Toads

  40. Bears deer frogs Turkey foxes and coyotes

  41. I have wolfs foxes and racoons

  42. I have snaks and ftogs

  43. The same thing live in my backyard I live in Tucson Arizona ?

  44. The only animals I have in my yard are birds

  45. Pigeons that’s what I’ve got in my back yard and sometimes blackbirds or magpies I sometimes see field mice though and grass snakes

  46. I love your moovys

  47. There is actually some lizards in my backyard

  48. Coyote’s backyard: Horned Lizards, Gila Monsters and Mice
    My Backyard: Ants, Mosquitoes, and a cat

  49. My dad won’t even let me take out my dog on the front yard at night


  51. Best dad ever
    And she’s says they are so cute
    My mind:u fking brave I don’t even wanna touch a cockroach ?

  52. How can she be more fearless that SPIDERS!? I’m so scared of em

  53. There lives a small tiger in My hous

  54. We have red belly black snake? , blover ?and koala?

  55. Me we got a shark at our backyard

  56. normal house spiders are in my backyard

  57. Coyote’s and A wolf

  58. I have 1grown rabbit and a baby bunny nest I don't know how many

  59. Pup needs her own Channel

  60. That kid is ugly no offence

  61. We have bunny’s in my backyard

  62. Who the hell names a child pup

  63. I have newts,frogs,foxes,rabbits,pigeons,spiders,flies,dragonflies,butterflies,wasps,bees and moths in my backgarden

  64. I have two dogs,MANY birds my fav is the golden finch ,turtles, snakes ,baby racons, and squrils you Gus are amazing btw.

  65. My friend has a bunny that lives behind his house and I have a bearded dragon ?

  66. I always have blue tale d lizard in back yard and there tales. Comes off ????????????????????

  67. Literally all I can think about in this video is Waffels. People who are a fan on “Rango” will understand XD

  68. we have deer and rabbit in our backyard

  69. My dog and tortoise live in my backyard

  70. ants and birds great entertainment

  71. I saw a blue tarentule in my back yard they are rare

  72. when I was little we lived in San Bernadino, Calif and used to catch "horned toads" all the time in a nearby empty lot, play with them a few minutes and then let them go. They were very easy to catch. I am 78 now so that was a long time ago.

  73. Pup: predators like road runner and coyote
    Me: dont eat him, coyote peterson

  74. coyote : what animal lives in your backyard?

    me : normal, SCP-173, SCP-096, and SCP-059.

  75. I literally had no idea he had a kid

  76. Coyote:Tell me what cool creatures that lives in your backyard

  77. In our house fire or red ants black ants

  78. So cool brave wildernesses

  79. I used to have racoons and foxes in my back yard but since I moved i now have turkeys,(I will go into the woods and collect turkey feathers) deer, ( once me and my mom found a deer skeleton), and many more animals and reptiles. I promise this is all real.

  80. Slugs and here lol

  81. There's snakes in my backyard and I catch them but there gardener snakes

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