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What happened to the horny toads?

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I was not more than seven years old when my little brother and I began building backyard zoos.  With whatever materials we could find, we would build tiny enclosures, creating a menagerie in the backyard to hold whatever wild animals we could catch.  Everything from crawdads to frogs, crickets to lizards, and maybe a field mouse or garter snake would temporarily inhabit our zoo.  A prized reptilian treasure, however, was always the horny toads, which were plentiful and particularly exciting, with a prehistoric fringe of horns and spiked body—a modern day miniature dinosaur.  We grew attached… Continue reading

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