Spiny Lizard Catches Me!

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On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote catches a Desert Spiny Lizard…but unfortunately during the process the Spiny Lizard also catches him!
Both speedy, spiny, and colorful one of the only ways to safely catch a Desert Spiny Lizard is in the darkness of night where they often sleep on elevated perches such as creosote bushes and even cholla cacti!
Get ready because on this beautiful desert night, Coyote and the crew set off for another one of their night “herping” adventures to find all sorts of desert dwellers…including this SPINY BITEY Lizard!

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Caption: Mark you rolling yes that is the biggest . spiny lizard we have seen this entire. trip. one of the biggest i've seen in my life. is huge this is going to be a tough . match . what's going on coyote pack we are back . in the sonoran desert and as you can see . it is nighttime which means it's the . perfect time to search for desert . creatures now i do have my trusty . flashlight with me and my snake tongs. and of course mark right there behind . the main camera what's going on guys you . got mario on the b camera there is if . you guys are ready we know what happens . next we head off into the darkness and . see if we can find . let's go prank daddy so what are we . looking for we're weird we starting . tonight well what's interesting and that . people don't realize whoa i just heard . something hold on a second what is that . what is it i thought it was a . rattlesnake it we just went what i like . about this area is you have a lot of . plant life but there's also all this . area to walk in between . incluso there aren't many cacti around . nice it's really nice so we're not . walking into things i guess it looks . like we're on a trail but we're not the . entire desert in this area no matter . what direction you place your lights you . can go this way you go this way you go . that way it's actually almost . disorienting because it's very easy to . get lost now we do have a gps tracking . system with us we've made a pin way back . at our vehicle which we start off at at. daytime hopefully we'll make it back . there but i think we go this direction . and see we can find we're just gonna . move slowly continue scanning the . branches and oftentimes what you'll find . is in just like a nook like this . a lizard laying and sleeping on the . branch now we've used the same method to . catch things like iguanas and naitonal . if you guys remember the night and old . episode we're able to spot the lizard up . in the tree and then safely catch it . hoping to use that same tactic tonight . for some of the lizard species out here . in the sonoran desert . all right let's cover some ground and . keep searching . right here look look yeah happy western . diamondback i'm gonna cut my like you . see it okay yeah sure look at dad that's . a tiny one wow that's one small straddle . snakes i've ever seen beautiful look at . you now don't let its small size fool . you this rattlesnake can be just as . dangerous as a large one . pull this out well round guards whoa . okay buddy there you go strike the . position we're trying to get it away . from these bushes so you guys can see it . a little bit better look out quick at . ease all right how's that you got see . right there oh yeah wow you're one of . the small sole rattlesnakes i've ever . seen look at that just two buttons on . that rattle look at the oh gorgeous it . looks like it maybe just shed look how . vibrant that coloration is on the tail . and on the patterning of its back look. at that perfect defense pose right there . now the venomous bite that this snake. can't act even at this size would send . you to the hospital so it's not a sake . i'm gonna try to handle i'm just gonna . admire it safe distance if you can call . this safe now these snakes don't . necessarily want to strike right notice . that and its tongues flicking out . feeling the edge of my snake tongs they . want to keep that venom as a reserve and . snakes only bite as a last resort so . right now this little round snake is . thinking as long as i stay camouflaged. and i don't move perhaps these potential . large predators we'll just keep moving . in that direction and i'll be able to . slither off and continue. or the night alright guys well this was . a pretty cool find let's have this . direction and see if we can find some of . those sleeping lizards whoa huge falling . joint or oh whoa still alive a little . bit looks like i bet this came down in a . recent monsoon i've never even seen oh . yeah this is definitely recently fell . look at the inside here look at that . it's liquid wood too too bad that's a . that's an old cactus legend that fell . right there definitely probably came . down and some heavy monsoon winds yeah . i'm gonna get up and over this hammer . your camera. yep. oh standing on top of an ancient cacti . that's a new one . [music]. [applause]. [music]. took me a second to properly identify it. and that's gonna be the key piece to . talking about this species specifically . so we walked up we set the lights and . you'll notice the red and the black and . the slight yellowish coloration this . could have been a coral snake but it is . not this is a long no snake wow look how . beautiful is now that bright coloration. is a po somatic which means it's a . warning to any potential predator that i . may be venomous however in this instance . it's a snake that is completely safe to . handle now these snakes are strictly . nocturnal so only time you will come . across them and during the day they're . actually hiding underground which means . they are boss oriole but at night they . are out searching for any sort of little . creature that they can get their mouths . out could be a gecko could be a little . roach running around in the desert this . is an opportunistic predator now go . ahead and zoom in on the nose there you . notice how pointed it is the scales on. the tip of the snakes nose are . specialized to help it dig underground . they're excellent at burrowing in soft . sandy soil now that red and black . actually does help a blend really well . into this desert environment here mark . check this out i'm gonna set it down in . the sand look at those variations in all . the dark rocks and even the radish . colorations in the rocks help the snakes . keep perfectly . [music]. very cool let's look at the underside of . the same real quick . look at that very smooth there's . actually an iridescent stew it's skin . can you see that in the lights there oh. yeah that's awesome it's like a satin . white. incredibly smooth too almost looks like . it's slimy. but as we know snakes have scales they. are not slimy at all it is very very. smooth as you can see very very friendly . that was pretty cool we've come across a . rattlesnake tonight which as we know is . venomous and long no snake which is . non-venomous . and completely safe to handle as long as . you properly identify it as being a . long-nosed snake and not a coral snake . i'm gonna set it back down into the sand . it's gonna take off into the desert . so how do you spot these lizards belly . it's a matter of looking for some sort . of obscure shape out on one of the limbs . of these creosote bushes or some of . these other trees are actually really . hard to spot . wow are you rolling yes that is the . biggest spiny lizard we have seen this . entire trip one of the biggest i've seen . in my life is huge that is maximum size . that is a male he can see the dark . bluish coloration on its back this is . gonna be a tough catch it's a fortress . around it she's got all these prickly . pears right in front i don't know how . many catch this another giant choya tree . there you go . chewy right here anyway he's awake yeah . [applause]. johnny nice rat up whoa that's the one . wow . nothing like getting on your back eat a . bunch of ha spikes and thorns whoa . i got spikes all in my shoulder but it . was worth it. there it is that is a gorgeous male . desert spiny lizard wow that is a beast . er right there a perfect field guide . specimen oh try to bite . ouch and spiked me and let's talk about . why they call this the desert spiny . lizard look at that beast wow this is . one of the larger specimens that i have . ever seen and look at all the spikes on . the back of that reptile now the way we . know this is a male aside from its size . is look we just want to show everybody . your belly. wow so spikey look at the belly of that . lizard wow and there's a little bit of . yellowing speckled in there oh you are . so handsome so handsome and incredibly . strong now this is one of the most . robust lizard species out here in the . sonoran desert and one of the fastest . lizard species you can come across . they're almost impossible to catch . during the daylight hours it's even been . tough to catch them at night but as you . can see we finally managed to get one in . front of the cameras whoa we have been . out here for gosh it's going on three . hours at this point trying to catch this . lizard but we have finally got one . now let's talk about why they call this . the desert spiny lizard this is probably . easier to feel than it is to see but . there are sharp scales running all along. the length of this reptiles body and if . i run my finger backwards like this . mark put your finger out there tell . everybody what that feels like. it's kind of run your finger gently. backwards yeah it's like a cheese grater . right oh yeah that would shred you now . imagine being something trying to eat . this lizard let's say a snake tries to . swallow this it's gonna get stuck in its . throat so the only real predator for . this creature out here is a bird . something like a roadrunner or a hawk . snakes usually tend to avoid the desert . spiny lizard and this is absolutely one . of my favorites and as a kid i would . always try to catch these but they were . incredibly difficult to ever get close . to now you'll notice the sort of dark . patch on the lizard's back is he's . shedding some of the scales there that . dark patch actually becomes much more . vibrant during the day and what they . will do is wake up early in the morning . to bask in the warm glowing sun as they . warm up they get ready to head out and . hunt this is a diurnal species which . means it's active during the day and as . that sunlight warms them up they . actually get brighter and coloration but . you can see even here at night under . these lights the belly is absolutely . beautiful and you'll notice that bright . blue coloration you see the chin here . it's not as bright right now but during . breeding season these lizards are . absolutely gorgeous and the male's what . they will do is they'll go up on a rock . puff up their chest and say to all the . ladies with that bright coloration. aren't i handsome don't you want to date . me now i'll tell you what buddy you are . about as handsome as it gets. for a desert spiny lizard wow these guys . are just so cool now they are voracious . predators and they have a pretty . powerful bite let's see. show us how to fight it . ah wow that's powerful right there and . that's about as powerful as the knight . anole and kind of getting close to the . collared lizard. can i have my finger back please oh yeah . those little teeth out gonna turn my . finger like that morris you can get a . tight shot in a break skin you think ah . probably not but the pressure is. noticeable and i'll tell you what for . any little insect or arachnid running . around out here in the night-time desert . those jaws would be the end of you . alright can i my finger back please . [music]. powerful never worry about getting bit . by all these reptiles no not so much i . knew that this one wasn't gonna break . skin but give you a solid little pinch . well it took us quite a bit of time but . we finally managed to catch one handsome . desert spiny lizard i'm coyote peterson . be brave stay wild we'll see on the next . adventure . alright let's place this lizard down . here on the ground and see just how fast . they really are. [music]. took off through nepal did you see him . hey well there you go so fast there all . right . well that's a wrap if you thought. catching a desert spiny lizard was. exciting make sure to go back and watch . the episode where i caught another one . of the southwest speedy reptiles the . collared lizard and don't forget . subscribe so you can join me in the crew . on this season of breaking trail . .
 

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