Catching a Lizard Using NOTHING but WATER!

Catching a Lizard Using NOTHING but WATER!

– I’m Coyote Peterson, this morning, we’re in the Sonoran Desert and right here next to
me is a creosote bush, which is gonna lead me to
one very special lizard. Ah! Uh, dang it! Well, we know where he is. (dynamic jungle music) For anyone that has ever spent time exploring in the Southwest,
I’m willing to bet there’s a good chance that
you have seen a lizard. However, there’s a big difference between seeing and catching a lizard. Some, like the regal horned
lizard are rather slow, which makes them easy to catch, then you have collared lizards, which if you’re quick
enough to catch them, there’s a good chance they will also turn around and catch you. I got a hold of him,
he’s got a hold of me, look at that, argh! Jeez! With their teeth. Holy cow! Alright, whoa, those
teeth are super sharp. When it comes to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, one of my favorite species
is the desert iguana, which is actually pretty
easy to track down, as long as you follow the
right signs in the environment and this is the creosote bush, ah, it smells so good, this is one of the most fragrant plants, that you have here in the Sonoran Desert and what these iguanas are
looking for is this right here, these little flowers are breakfast. All we’ve gotta do is follow
the trail of creosote bushes and hopefully it’s gonna lead us to one of these little lizards. One key to having an animal encounter is being able to be patient, which is oftentimes easier said than done, especially when dealing
with the heat of the desert. Oh, it is scorching hot,
it is about 105 degrees, we have been out here since
about six o’clock this morning, we’re approaching noon right now, which is okay, because the desert iguana does better in high heat, than
most other lizard species, we are in a field of creosote bushes and mesquite trees, we’ve
been looking for hours, I didn’t think it was gonna
be this tough to find one. As our search continued, the endless expanse of desert scrubland became more and more disorienting, the sun beating down, its beams
of light slowly cooking us as we rounded spine-covered plants and stared into empty creosote bushes. I mean, there are literally thousands of these creosote bushes out here and you can see how sparse they are, I mean, you can pretty
much walk up like this, look in, no lizard, keep moving. Time seemed to be dragging on forever, until finally I spotted our target. There’s one right there, well, it’s a lizard, I can’t
tell if it’s a desert iguana, but it’s definitely a lizard right there basking in that tree, see
its tail hanging down? Oh, it looks like a desert
iguana, I can see its tail. Oh, this is it! Okay, I don’t know if I’m
going to be able to catch it, it’s the first one that
we’ve seen, he’s pretty low, he’s probably gonna
burrow right under there. Okay, follow me, let me
see if we can get him, this is just we’re gonna
have one shot at this. (light suspenseful music) I think it’s a desert iguana. See, he’s just up on that
branch, he’s holding on, he’s got his foot wrapped
around that branch. Okay, I’m pretty much just
gonna have to make a jump into that creosote bush
and kind of grab him, are you ready? One, two, three. Ah! Ah! (light suspenseful music) Ah! He got right down that burrow. Dang it! Well, we know where he is. Did you see how fast they are? Unbelievably fast, alright, first thing we need to do is block up any other possible exits for this burrow and then what I’m gonna
use is a bottle of water, dump that down the hole and hopefully I will get
him flushed back out. Alright, ready? Not the smartest thing to do with your last bottle
of water in the desert, but when you wanna catch a desert iguana, sometimes you don’t have many options. During monsoon season, burrows
flood on a daily basis, so what I’m doing is replicating a completely natural occurrence. Oh, this burrow might be really deep. (light haunting music) Shoot! – [Mark] We’re gonna need more water. – We’re gonna need more water. Things don’t always go according to plan and when it comes to catching lizards, this is often the case. Now it’s fair to say that these reptiles are considerably faster than I am, however, I’d argue that they definitely are not smarter than this Coyote. Dang it! Well, we know where he is. It was time to call in plan
B, the manmade monsoon. Now in the desert, when huge
monsoon rains pour down, all these burrows flood, which drives animals up out of the ground. We’re going to pour gallons
of water into this burrow, hopefully get the desert
iguana to shoot out of there and I’ll be able to catch it. It’s gonna be tough, but
we’re not gonna give up yet. We sent our wildlife biologist, Mario huffing across the desert
and back to our vehicle, where he would retrieve our emergency five-gallon
reserve of water. I gotta sit here under this creosote bush and watch the hole, in
case the lizard comes out. This is literally a stakeout now, anything could be living in that hole, so it makes me a little
nervous just laying here, but ooh, that’s my move, I guess I could sit here and practice, ’cause we’re only gonna get one shot, if we get these gallons of water here and that lizard does pop
back up out of the burrow, if I don’t get it on the first try, we’re not gonna have another shot at it. 45 minutes later and Mario
returned with the water. Alright, we’re back,
bring it on in, Mario. Mario has huffed across the desert and has brought back with him, what is that, five gallons of water? Five gallons, if that doesn’t get this
iguana out of that burrow, you guys will have seen your first official
miss on Breaking Trail, see, everybody’s always asking, “Coyote, do you always catch the animals?” This is truly one of those instances, where I think we’re gonna
release this episode, even if I don’t catch it, just because of how much work we’ve gone through to try to get it. Okay, you guys, ready? I’m gonna tip it and just kind of start to
funnel it in there, ready? – Yep.
– One, two, three. (cheerful orchestral music) The method I am using to draw
the iguana up from this burrow simulates a completely natural occurrence in the desert during monsoon season, so this is in no way hurting
the animal or the environment. That’s a lot of water. Come on. Something’s moving. Something’s definitely coming up. I can hear it. (cheerful orchestral music) Got him!
– Oh, my God! (laughing) – Did you guys see that? (laughing) Could you see his little head sticking up? – Oh man, your hand’s dirty.
– Oh, my gosh. My hand is shaking, I didn’t know when I should actually reach
for him and we actually got it, can you guys believe
that that just happened? (laughing) – [Mark] Oh my God. – That may be the most impressive catch I have ever pulled off in my life. – [Mark] Did you think you
were actually gonna catch him? – I did not, I thought
it was pretty hopeless, as we sent Mario back to
get that giant jug of water, literally sitting here for
what, a good 45 minutes staring at the burrow, nothing coming out, I figured it was connected
to one of these other holes and he was long gone, but
sometimes if you wait it out, you can catch the desert iguana. Now this is a lizard species that is very active during
the day, as you could see, incredibly quick as it jumped
out of the creosote bush and darted into a burrow and they’re pretty docile, if you can manage to catch
one of these lizards, as you can see, it’s
not trying to bite me, it’s really just hanging
out at this point. Alright, bring your camera
in a little bit closer there, look at the eyes of that lizard, now this is primarily a diurnal species, which means that they’re
out during the day, that’s why they’re so
in tune to everything that’s moving around
in their environments. The cryptic color pattern on this lizard allows it to perfectly blend
in to these sandy environments and their bellies are incredibly smooth, which allows them to quickly scurry across hot sand surfaces. Now the desert iguana is
related to the green iguana, which is native to
Central and South America, but here in the Southwest,
this is the only iguana, that you’re gonna bump into. Let’s talk about this
lizard’s tail for a second, look at how long that is, about twice the length of the body, now they use these tails to
help them balance in the trees, when they’re trying to eat the
flowers of the creosote bush, but also when they’re on the
ground and they’re running, they can almost lift their body just slightly up off the sand and the tail works like a rudder, as it helps them navigate
across the desert terrain. Now one of the coolest and
grossest facts about this lizard is that they don’t only eat those delicious little
creosote bush flowers, they also eat the fecal pellets
of other desert iguanas, do you guys know what a fecal pellet is? That’s a poop, you eat
other desert iguanas’ poop. The reason that they
eat these fecal pellets is to balance out the amount of cellulose, that is in their gut, so gross, let me smell your breath, doesn’t smell like he’s been
eating any turds this morning, smells like you’ve been eating
some creosote bush flowers, kind of gross, but also kind
of neat at the same time. Well, it certainly wasn’t easy, but a little bit of patience
and five gallons of water and we managed to catch ourselves
one awesome desert iguana. Time to get this little
guy back into the wild and see what else we can find out here in the Sonoran Desert. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you on the next adventure. (cheerful orchestral music) After the first miss, we definitely considered
throwing in the towel, but with a little
teamwork, we pulled it off and in the end, getting up
close with a desert iguana was totally worth the effort. If you thought that
was one wild adventure, check out the time I was
captured by the collared lizard and don’t forget, subscribe
to join me and the crew on this season of Breaking Trail. (light jungle music)

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Catching a Lizard Using NOTHING but WATER!

  1. Brave Wilderness says:

    RE-POSTING this previously two-part episode now combined into one. Now you can enjoy the Epic Lizard Catch unabridged:)

  2. Jude Luckett says:

    Coyote sure knows his Pokémon type advantages and weaknesses.

  3. TCB_STAK3S says:

    I've seen a lizard I have a bearded dragon

  4. kieran O'dea says:

    Coyote- " i'm gonna flood him out ! " Lizard- " thanks for the drink dummy ! "

  5. Neeta Takhar says:

    You can get me either one.??

  6. Neeta Takhar says:

    ? COOL

  7. dylan scronce says:

    When my little green anole would get out of his tank i would just put a bowl of water in the middle of the floor with a basking light above it. And in the morning he would always be there lol

  8. Monkey D. Luffy says:

    Holly cow

  9. Cellkist says:

    I love when they get caught and just relax

  10. XxWeavileGamingxX YouTube says:

    “Alexa, tell me how to fix a broken heat”

    “ the nearest liquor store is 20 miles away”

  11. Imran Mallik says:

    I feel bad for the water gallon just spilling. rip

  12. I Play Becky says:

    9:12 Yup, that's my belleh

  13. Awiboo s says:

    Am proud of ya

  14. Sipping tea says:

    If anyone thinks he’s wasting water, the water being poured is being returned to its natural environment, like if you water plants. It’s just like rain

  15. Jyr0z says:

    I caught a cold with nothing but rain

  16. Aqua Wolf says:

    HI coyote I'm a huge fan! I love your videos! I love the Sonora desert and the animals that live there like the cougar,coyote,lizards,roadrunner also coyote can you please please please make an Ethiopian wolf episode please!

  17. CaplordSkate says:

    Why does 4:43 look really wrong?

  18. Louis Müller says:

    USE NOTHING but Water bruh ??

  19. The Kreative Lyphe says:

    "Let me smell your breath!" Lol only Coyote Peterson.

  20. Andrew Patten says:

    Cute little bugger.

  21. Mike Barnes says:

    Its cruel to flood out an animal with water. I'm out of the pack now

  22. Shelley Newchuk says:

    My favourite are the reptiles on the show.. especially the lizards.

  23. Alexander Illiat says:

    I wouldn't get close to that.

  24. Aimee Kulsrisombart says:

    Wow 105°f is very hot id like to go to the pool if the temperature at my place was 105°f i hope you get to the pool

  25. Simply Bismuth says:

    Mario’s such a champion

  26. Crazy kid says:

    Water and your hands

  27. Samantha Bowens says:

    Anybody else notice that apparently Arizona is in California?

  28. avid hiker 207 says:

    9:12 Belly rubs

  29. kuptan namik says:

    that hole was lizard nestle you Fill it water probably you killed her chicks

  30. Falcon Parsons says:

    what do you mean with a little bir of patience you mean alot of patience

  31. ZMMR ZMRA says:

    Coyotre:watching over a lizard
    Mario:walking to the car to get a heavy galon of water only to take it back to where coyote is in god know's how far…

  32. Tyler McIntosh says:

    I love how the Iguana hung out after being let free

  33. Stewart Caul says:

    Coyote 1:0 lizard

  34. David Kozub says:

    when lizards forget to drink thier water

  35. Dustin Howard says:

    I made the last comment on this vid and that has been over a month ago lol

  36. Dustin Howard says:

    Great catch!!

  37. philip bender says:

    That catch was beautiful, Coyote. Nice work.

  38. Galahad says:

    3:00 How can you spot a lizard that big within a distance that far in dessert bushes in the middle of nowhere?

  39. Дмитри says:

    *actually drowns the lizard like a boss

  40. LandonTubeHD says:



  41. All Powerful Mitochondria says:

    He seems so chill compared to the green iguana. I don’t think I could replicate his diet in captivity though.

  42. Dipsikha Maitra says:

    We also travelled in 105 d farenheit in goa.Just travelled

  43. May IcyDawn says:

    Why didn't they pick up tge tank with what was left and save it.

  44. Robert Murphy says:

    9:17 – “Help me!”

  45. WardChapman95 says:

    Whats that square in the corner?

  46. sammy lizard says:

    My brothers

  47. Dark Mage says:

    He said it was scorching hot but he's wearing pants! (long ones)

  48. Unoriginal 156 says:

    Iguana pokes its head out, looks at Coyote and thinks
    “Dang humans, dumping water into my burrow”

  49. Joe says:

    “Mane wtf you doing to my crib” @7:47

  50. Apple_Ant says:

    I love lizards and snakes

  51. Danky memer memes 2007 says:

    What if it had baby’s in there

  52. Rick Sanchez says:


  53. Carlos Resendiz says:

    One time i was hiking in a mountain in Arizona and we saw 4 dimand back rattle snakes

  54. ThatRavenclawTrevor says:

    Coyote is the real life mei hatsume

  55. Rob Coelho says:

    9:59 WHAT?! XD

  56. Zeppelin Wolf says:

    I think I saw Steve Irwin do this once. Nice ??

  57. isabella leavitt says:


  58. Kingdomall says:

    I caught this lizard today!

  59. lulu guilherme says:

    6:17 "its me mario! And it is it water"

  60. joy debes says:

    coyote: guys its right there in that bush imma go try to catch it
    lizard: BYE FELICIA! XD

  61. Ryan Orsborn says:

    Coyote, bit by gilla monster, captured snapping turtles, attacked by cactus, captured 12 foot reptile, and more. Me, held my pet bearded dragon.

  62. Tortilla Bear says:

    Lizard: "Yee."

  63. Redlazer says:

    1:49 thank me later cause the memes

  64. Oasis Shadow says:

    looks at title AND YOUR HANDS!!!

  65. crackerjack182 says:

    theres a place SOMEWHERE in california were you cant walk 10 feet without finding a desert iguana or a chucawala…pretty cool lizards

  66. May Weber says:

    That’s my favorite animal !!!''!!!!!!!!!

  67. Mia Anderson says:

    Florida number 2 lol so many lizards there I want go and the desert

  68. Skeeby Zeeby says:


  69. Jenn 1234 says:

    Good job guys! ?

  70. Robert Mjohn says:

    Hey ilive here let's go lizard hikeing

  71. Traciy Jane Montano-Torres says:

    Can you catching videos with your daughter

  72. Patty Patty says:

    (The eyes of pure disgruntlement)

  73. Kj WARS says:

    1,000,000 $$$$

  74. Justin MacDonald says:

    Let me smell your breath sniffs and dies

  75. Nevaeh Ibanez says:

    Like if he is in pain

  76. Nevaeh Ibanez says:

    Like if he is in pain

  77. diamond skull customs and more says:

    I used that method to catch a Western fence lizard

  78. Akame says:

    He'll dump the whole sea for one lizard

  79. OLD BIRD CHOZO says:

    Wow i didn't know we had iguanas here in the states!

  80. minttac says:

    I caught an Ornate Tree Lizard before. They are very fast

  81. Thecatkingofcats Roblox says:

    Awwww… there so cute

  82. Sowmya Kulukuru says:


  83. I'm H.I. says:


    Coyote: Talks about the belly

    Inguana: "Hey guys, I'm just chillin"

  84. Bonnie The disappointment says:

    HEY you almost got water into my borrow

  85. Sonny Jeremiah says:


  86. little bear hd says:

    if you dinnt have water you will dead dout that poare all you water

  87. Sam Dilworth says:

    At 7:55 anyone else think man dont let all your water go to waste while your celebrating, you might need it later. I guess I watch to much of the show, I Shouldnt Be Alive.

  88. Ungali says:

    After he caught it the background looked like a green screen

  89. sapnu puas says:

    Is it okay for me to keep a lizard as a pet… That a caught from my backyard

  90. Unknown 69 says:

    Steve arwin 2.0

  91. Ashley East says:

    I grew up in the Mojave Desert. Everyone who grew up in the Joshua Tree area would catch these lizards. Theyre pretty cool little guys ?
    Highly recommend visiting Joshua Tree National Park. (But make sure to do your research because too many people die there every year due to ignorance).

  92. Karen Bunn says:

    I had a desert iguana as a pet when I was little. She walked on a leash with me!

  93. Fortnite Boss says:

    If you turn a lizard upside down for a few minutes it will be tame till it is back on the ground for a little bit

  94. Jessica says:

    It's so cute!

  95. rashid muse says:

    Let it bite you

  96. Space Raptors Infinite says:

    How da heck did water draw the lizard out with water?!

  97. Space Raptors Infinite says:

    Brave wildness: we got em!?


  98. katrina carney says:

    he drinks water so where to use the bathroom?

  99. ChillingCharles says:

    What if it had baby’s

  100. TheUltiMate says:

    9:13 "Oooooohhhh yeeeahhh, rub dat belly!"

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