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Abert's Squirrel

Named for naturalist John James Abert, Abert’s squirrels (Sciurus aberti) are tassel-eared, tree-fond creatures that are found in ponderosa pine forests across…

Texas Horned Lizard

Say howdy to the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), which is one of more than a dozen horned lizard species in North America. Often referred to as horny…

Gray Fox

The gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is one of only two members of the dog family capable of…

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

If we’re being painfully honest, yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) don’t have the loveliest call in the animal kingdom. They make up for it…

North American Beaver

There’s no mistaking a North American beaver (Castor canadensis) for another semi-aquatic mammal, such as an otter. Beavers are bigger, beefier and, of course,…

Rufous Hummingbird

The idea of traveling 4,000 miles can be daunting, but not for rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus). They routinely fly that far as part of their annual…

Black Bear

You’ll find black bears (Ursus americanus) in all of Arizona’s national forests, as well as in some riparian desert areas. They’re the only bear species found in…

Desert Iguana

The scientific name for the desert iguana — Dipsosaurus dorsalis — is going to make you think you’re looking at a dinosaur, and it’s easy to imagine this species being a…

Spadefoot Toads

Aptly named, spadefoot toads spend the majority of the year in underground burrows they dig with their hind legs and bony, shovel-like feet. Four species live in Arizona:…