Dallas Zoo is trying to bring back the Horny Toad to Texas.

When I first moved down here, a co-worker was asking me about my old home state of North Dakota.

I told him that we had a lot of prairie dogs, or gophers, up there. For whatever reason, he found that funny. I asked what do you have down here, besides snakes.

He said Horny Toads.

I asked if that was some euphemism for horny teenagers. Again with the laughing.

No, he said they're Texas Horned Lizards, and when he was a horny teenager, they were everywhere in Texas. But, and here he sounded a little sad, nowadays, thanks in part to the fire ants, you'd be hard pressed to find one if you walked out in the country.

Sadly, he passed away a few years back. I think he would've enjoyed the project the Dallas Zoo is attempting.

KXXV is reporting that the zoo has released 49 Texas Horned lizards at the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area, in hopes of being able to support a self-sustaining population.