Monkey Tailed Lizard!


(playful music) – Yes, look at that! That is a monkey-tail lizard. Holy cow! I just caught it moving
out of the side of my eye. – [Voiceover] Whoa,
look at its tail! – Holy mackerel,
that is awesome! I have never caught
one of these before. (theme music) Well folks, Breaking Trail
is officially international. And our first location abroad is the beautiful
country of Costa Rica. We found and filmed
many amazing animals. But to kick off the adventures, let’s start with
something unexpected. – [Voiceover] Whoa,
look at his tail! Holy mackerel, that is awesome! I have never caught
one of these before! – [Voiceover] Here let’s
move into the light. Kinda dark. – He’s getting a
little aggravated. – [Voiceover]
Right here is good. – Where right here? – [Voiceover] Yup!
– Okay, is that enough light? – [Voiceover] Yeah, Yeah, great. Wow, look at that tail! – You know who
this reminds me of? – [Voiceover] Oh yeah. – The Cuban Knight Anole. We all remember what
happened in that episode. I took a chomp. And he’s not too keen on biting. Oh, no, yes, he is. Hopefully I don’t
get bit by this guy. Now, this is the
monkey-tail lizard. And they are called
the monkey-tail lizard because look at the
tail on this guy. – [Voiceover] Really
could fit it in the sink. – That thing is probably
almost two-thirds the length of this
lizard’s body. And it’s actually prehensile. And they use this tail
when up in the tree canopy to help themselves
balance on tree limbs. You can see that right there. He’s got his tail
wrapped around my thumb. And that’s what they’ll do, they will use their tail to
actually hang from branches. Watch this, I can
hold him by his tail, he won’t drop his tail. They can hold up the
weight of their body just like that, use their
legs to hold onto tree bark, and lay and wait
for prey to come by. Now, this is an ambush predator. And look at that, look at that, it’s almost like an
upside-down yoga pose. And they will lay and
wait for their prey. Now, this is an
arboreal species. Meaning they live up
in the tree canopy. And they’re feeding on
pretty much anything they can come across, but mainly small
bugs and arachnids. Hey there buddy, how are you? Getting ready for your nap, huh? These are actually
diurnal lizards who are probably catching
him just as he is headed up into the trees for the night. And it appears that
this is a male. Check this out, watch,
let’s look at this dewlap. May I? Thank you sir. (playful music) Just a little dewlap. Not much color on that. As you can see, they are completely matte
green all the way around. This is such a cool lizard. Now they do get quite
a bit bigger than this, and the females actually
grow larger than the males. – [Voiceover] It’s like a whip. – And this is a male, yeah, and they can use
that tail as defense to whip it at a
potential predator. But, as an arboreal species, they don’t come in
contact with predators all that often, unless
of course it is a bird. These will be taken
by hawks, or eagles. But, they are voracious
predators themselves, eating any small invertebrate
that they can find up there in the tree canopy, but occasionally, they will
come down to the ground when big rains move through. And earlier today, we had a
massive storm push its way through the rainforest here, and I imagine that is
what pushed this guy down to the level where I
am able to capture him. Look at the head of that lizard. It resembles the
Cuban Knight Anole, and also kinda looks
like a chameleon. However, this species
is in the Anole family. But, they really kinda
look like iguanas. And you’ll notice, unlike
the Cuban Knight Anole, he does not have
a ridge of spines that runs down the
length of his body. Look at those eyeballs. Let’s take a good look at those. Very similar to the
eyeballs of a chameleon, but what’s interesting is that they can move
independently of one another. Meaning that they can lay
in wait for their prey and just look around
with one single eye. And I can’t do it very good, but let’s see if
we can get him to. Over here, over here. Can’t tell, is his
eye moving at all? – [Voiceover] Yeah it is. – Look at that. Well, how cool is that? Getting to monkey around
with the monkey-tail lizard. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave. Stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. There he goes. (playful music) If you thought this
lizard was cool, make sure to go back
and check out the time I was chomped by the
Cuban Knight Anole. And don’t forget, subscribe to join me and
the crew on this season of Breaking Trail. Look at you. You are all tail buddy. Look at that. And now he’s up on my hat. They have incredible balance. Oh boy, I am looking
right at his butt. Hopefully he doesn’t
poop in my face. (nature sounds)

100 thoughts on “Monkey Tailed Lizard!

  1. Hey brave wilderness if you ever read this comment I just wanted to say you are so inspirational I want to be like you one day

  2. Little fact, if this video gets above 1 million views then all of this channels videos will have above 1 mil views 🙂

  3. Coyote Peterson what is the difference between lizards,anoles and geckos anybody have the same question?????

  4. Hi my name is marcus i always wanted to be adventure in but i am at children's hospital can i get some of the stuff that you af in your back pack

  5. I remember that adrenaline rush from catching a reptile. The butterflies in the stomach from noticing something running from the side of your eye and then lunging for it. I do miss it, haven't had time for that for a couple of years. Hopefully I'll get out in nature soon again.
    Ps such a great series. Keep up the great work

  6. Coyote walking through a forest and seeing a very interesting animal then lunging at it excitedly, reminds me of a kid in a candy store.

  7. When I was 8 I went to Florida and I tried to catch an anole with a net and I cut off its head and I cried so bad and then I buried it ?

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