Flat Tailed Horned Lizard population under watch

May 26, 2015

Yuma-The Flat tailed horned lizard is an expert at camouflage and can disappear into the desert floor.

But a different kind of disappearing act may have bigger consequences for the species as a whole. 

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez treks along with an Arizona biologist trying to understand threats to this desert creature.

Flat Tailed Horned Lizard found in Yuma County.
Credit Stephanie Sanchez

The Flat Tailed Horned Lizard's defense mechanism is to lay motionless and blend in the desert sands.
Credit Stephanie Sanchez

Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist Lin Piest scans the desert floor in Yuma County looking for small tracks of the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard.
Credit Stephanie Sanchez