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Flat Tailed Horned Lizard population under watch

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Stephanie Sanchez
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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.

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

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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.