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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99 thoughts on “Horned Lizards in Our Backyard!

  1. Tanvish Kaur says:

    The animal in my backyard is … a kitten and a mouse lol xd ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  2. PearGamer67 says:

    uhhh my 2 cats……. :/

  3. Ava Ruggeri says:

    I have raccoons, foxes and deer

  4. Justin Fowler says:

    Black snakes

  5. Dawn Bahm says:

    That animal that is in my backyard is king snakes and those are my favorite snake

  6. Nicholas Rage says:

    Crickets and tree frogs and ants๐Ÿธ๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿœ I live in NC

  7. Kyndall Jacobo says:


  8. Lenore Locke says:

    In my backyard Iโ€™ve seen some tarantula hawks in the summer and there are also some bullet ants

  9. Daylyn dayz says:


  10. Nehemiah Jacques says:

    She is the next generation of her dad and god gave her that gift

  11. Mystical Potato Reads says:

    In my garden lives slow worms, grass snakes, adders and common lizards ๐Ÿ˜‚

  12. Juanita Sanchez says:

    I got spiders under my house

  13. FnafPro 427 says:

    horned lizard also know as horning toads XD

  14. FnafPro 427 says:

    in my back yard birds BUT in the front … MY 6 MONTH OLD PUPPY

  15. uwu says:

    i have the prized fly, and the "rare" mosquito

  16. squeazie says:

    i very rarely have hedgehogs in my backyard

  17. Julien Corvelynoepepep3p says:

    Kitty en bee

  18. OwennewO _2012 says:

    Birds ๐Ÿฆ… ants worms and me

  19. Lucy Salts says:


  20. Kimeisha Steele says:

    Big lizzards

  21. Carter Fabbri says:

    Snakes rabbits mice wasps birds

  22. รฆลกthฤ—tรฏรงRรธลกฤ™ says:

    Aww! She's just like Coyote. Brave & curious! <3

  23. Bree Ashlyn says:

    lizzards frogs and spiders

  24. MERCILESS Gaming says:

    I have squirrels and raccoons

  25. Check Creeper says:

    So chubby!

  26. Naim Playz says:

    Those cactus is scary

  27. Zoe Tube says:

    I live next to a creek so I have all kinds of stuff. I have snapping turtles (alligators and common) lepord frogs, tree frogs, toads, fish, alligator gar, catfish, crawdads, worms, crickets, grasshoppers, praying manatees, foxes, cyotes, wolves and much more.

  28. Guava Katt says:

    I have cat

  29. slawomir bal says:

    I got frogs and toads

  30. kim Uesbeck says:

    I have bees

  31. Michael The Allosaurus says:


  32. M J.S. says:

    Once there was a snake in my backyard and there also was a mouse

  33. JC Colorado says:

    Iโ€™m already older then Pup and Iโ€™m not NEARLY as brave as her!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜•

  34. Elijah hunting Outdoorsman says:

    Snakes and deer rabbits fish

  35. Aisha Angeles says:


  36. Cesar Cepeda says:

    I have garden snakes in my backyard

  37. YIKES the PIKES says:

    My loose snake

  38. Joyce Schultz says:


  39. Heidi Gilbert says:


  40. Welsh PoniesyayIlikehorses says:


  41. Kristy Banks says:

    Rodruners and ciodes and my name is Travis
    I love your vids I live in California ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž .

  42. Kristy Banks says:

    I am using my moms phone

  43. albino world says:

    Did jou gujs hir that Kajodi Pitersan itsc Hornet lizrc!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ

  44. Mariana Hansel says:

    there's toads, ants, bees, frogs, grasshoppers, crickets, hornets, deer, bunnies, skunk, mice, groundhogs, fox, birds, turtles, salamanders, bugs, and worms in my backyard.

  45. Everardo Ruvalcaba says:

    Coyotes and foxes that hunt the chickens

  46. white dragon says:

    I got dogs in my backyard and the dogs aren't mine

  47. Tonya Suojanen says:

    There's a bunch of triangular in my back yard

  48. Asar Ahmed Shaikh says:

    I have all kinds of bugs๐Ÿ˜‘

  49. Wolfeโ€™s Playz fun says:


  50. cray-z gamer says:

    My dog in my backyard

  51. Deb Deb Deb yeah It will make you want to say yeah says:

    I have Crocodiles in my backyard

  52. Leonardo Rocha says:

    Come here in youyen please

  53. the gamer cousins says:

    I have stray dogs in my backyard and a massive house hehe๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  54. kykysurus HoltKamp says:

    I have rats ๐Ÿ€ and I want them gone and we have carpinder ๐Ÿ

  55. Trista Morales says:

    Grasshoppers grasshoppers

  56. Savegezone Gaming says:

    The lizard thing looked like heโ€™s was apart of this shirt LOL I blended in ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

  57. roadom life says:

    Deer cayotes snakes

  58. Dragunov Bushcraft says:

    My house?…. Western Diamondbacks, Texas Coral snakes, Broad Banded copperheads, are the most common snakes. Cottonmouths, near the lake, several species of Gecko, Many earth snakes, Texas rat snakes, Garter snakes, rough green snakes, Rhinochelius, Eastern coachwhips, and Eastern Hognose snakes, Texas bark scorpions that have stung everyone in my family but me, Tarantulas, very, large Reduviid bugs, Texas giant centipedes (Scolopendra heros). I believe you're intimately familiar with this one. ;). I've found these multiple times in my area. Scary 'Ay?

  59. West Wild says:

    In my backyard I have a cioty pack and a fox and a bobcat

  60. DasushiFoxy ;3 says:

    shes just like me
    i always catch tarantulas lizards snakes and others but we have some tarantulas that are realeased in my country bulgaria i love to play with lizards snakes tarantulas fish any animal and im only 11

  61. Natalie Thompson says:


  62. Riley Williams says:

    Emu, kangaroo, shark, box jellyfish, platypus, and about 1000 snakes, and little bit more

  63. Lucas Schanz says:

    I have a family of guarder snakes

  64. Ebenezer Media Desk says:


  65. Richard Melendez says:

    I have a nets of brids

  66. Connie Bailey says:


  67. The best Wyatt & Hayden says:

    Green anoles and snails dragon flies and fire and normal ants

  68. Turtle Man says:

    A few cats

  69. Genna Carter says:

    I r

  70. Spencer Murphy says:

    airdre alberta and i have cray fish

  71. Amanda Powers says:

    I have snakes and I am not scared

  72. Olivia s says:

    Coyote: what predator could eat him?

    Pup: a coyote

    Coyote: time to eat the lizard

  73. Bryleigh B says:

    lions, zebras, jackals, hyenas, leopards, and pythons, elephants.

  74. jason pro says:

    Snake and a River detrรกs my house witt a water snake

  75. Blueberry SugarpuffVlogs says:

    whereโ€™s her mom

  76. Anil Deola says:

    Do another Video with her because it was sooooo cute and there is bunny,deer,bears,mountain lion,and bears

  77. Erikamagana559 says:

    Dogs and people

  78. Amy Wooldridge says:

    Coyotes,bobcats,rattlesnakes, white tailed deer,copperheads,armadillos, rabbits,spiders,field mice and birds

  79. SymphonyQueenโ€™s World! says:

    And Iโ€™m 7 too

  80. bendy Burhans says:

    I seen a snack and a lot of todes in my yord

  81. Amazing Amber says:

    Is pup adopted

  82. Madeline Larson says:

    N-nickname Coyote??? THATโ€™S NOT HIS ACTUAL NAME?? B E T R A Y A L

  83. adan lomas says:

    A lot of mice

  84. General Raam says:

    I have a fox that dug a hole under my house in the backyard

  85. joshua bellovich says:

    I wish I could have one of those toads

  86. Ryse Up says:

    Anthem, AZ: scorpions out the wazoo, tarantulas during the mating season, chuckwallas, collared lizards, spiny lizards, quail, hummingbirds, tailless whip scorpion, and a Palo verde beetle. That is all, so far.

    Our prior home here had several snake species including a couple of western diamondback newborns, california King snake, a bull snake, horned lizards and more.

  87. ginny weaselly says:

    deer cats dogs mole rats bear and other odd stuff

  88. miri interstate says:

    i have crocodiles , Coyote , Salamaders and newts behind my house

  89. amber wilson says:


  90. Jordizzle gaming says:


  91. Ryze Agmaio says:

    Coyote: I wanna know about the animals taht live in your backyard!

    Me: * Sweating *

    Also me: Grass

  92. Ladytasher25 says:

    She is super brave

  93. Therealmax0366 says:

    You look like patty mayo anyone agree

  94. Doge Man39 says:

    I have lizards and wasps and flys

  95. Joshua Hinkle says:


  96. Alison Joan Sapiano says:


  97. Honey Bunny Rabbit Programs and Vlogs says:

    I have lots of bunnies in my backyard and my pet rabbit runs around there too.

  98. Charlotte Hage says:

    That toad was THICC

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