PHOTOS: Dallas Zoo welcomes 6 threatened baby horny toads

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DALLAS, TX (KXAN) – There’s a lot riding on the future of six tiny Texas icons at the Dallas Zoo.

Texas horned lizards – also known as horny toads – are disappearing across the state, the zoo says, with populations vanishing from East and Central Texas.

With six news babies this season, the zoo says each new hatch is a big deal for the threatened species and state reptile. When hatched, they weigh less than a dime. Dallas Zoo says each lizard has a spot on its belly that serves as a unique fingerprint.

The zoo’s team is working on a preserve in West Texas for their seventh season of learning as much as possible about the horned lizard’s life history.

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