Texas Zoo Welcomes Super Cute Baby Horny Toads

Nearly 40 horny toads, which are in decline in Texas, were born at the Dallas Zoo as part of a breeding program.

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The horns on these hatchlings are so small they are barely visible. ViaDallas Zoo/ZME Science
The horns on these hatchlings are so small they are barely visible. ViaDallas Zoo/ZME Science
John Virata

Did you ever play with a horny toad growing up? These iconic little reptiles, which are actually lizards and not amphibians, are pretty common in much of the West and Southwest United States. However, the horny toads of Texas have been disappearing from much of the Lone Star state.

These Texas horned lizard hatchlings are the result of a breeding program at the Dallas Zoo ViaDallas Zoo/ZME Science

These Texas horned lizard hatchlings are the result of a breeding program at the Dallas Zoo. Via Dallas Zoo/ZME Science

To help ensure the species survives, the Dallas Zoo has instituted a breeding program, and it recently welcomed 39 Texas horned lizard hatchlings, according to ZME Science.

The little guys are so cute and so small, and their horns, which give them their name, are so tiny you can barely see them.

Native populations of the Texas horned lizard are in decline. Via Dallas Zoo/ZME Science

Native populations of the Texas horned lizard are in decline. Via Dallas Zoo/ZME Science

The number of Texas horned lizards has decreased due to habitat loss, pesticide use and invasive fire ants that have overtaken their native harvester ant prey. Zoo officials hope the hatchlings will play a role in bolstering the native populations of these lizards, which might just be the cutest of all Texas lizards.

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