Santa Fe Real Estate: FAQ Endangered Neighbors!

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Santa Fe NM Endangered Horn Toad Lizard

Relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico can be an opportunity to connect with blue skies, clean air and an occasional endangered species. This was my experience this morning. Although this young creature is endangered, she is not dangerous. In fact, although she looks like a relative of the dinosaur age, she was moving in today as a tenant on my land. We exchanged glances this morning when I was watering a wild mountain mahogany bush just at sunrise while she was busy eating a breakfast of tiny ants. She must have know I had my iphone and paused long enough for me to make this image and tell you her story.

She is a Horned Toad and sometimes called a Horned Frog. However, she is not a toad or frog. She is amazingly smart lizard who was looking for a safe haven to continue growing up. Nearly every year, her many great great grandmothers have returned to this same mountain mahogany bush to begin the next generation. I have been fortunate to share the land with them. I hope they continue to come back every year and they can make into the next century and beyond. If you see one, smile and thank them for letting you cross their path. What ever you do, let them live free. They have much wisdom in their ability to survive on the planet for some many centuries.

For more information on this endangered species, click here. I turned this story into an FAQ because today many Santa Feans come from somewhere else. Hopefully, they will protect these gentle creatures who may be living as an endangered neighbor with them on their land in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

If you are ready to live in our 402 year old community and possibly share your land with this endangered species of Horned Toad, contact us for experienced professional help and information about our Santa Fe Real Estate market. If you want to search for current homes, condos, land and ranches on the market, go for a easy map or list search of current properties on the market. Or if you know Santa Fe is on your radar and you want to experience our Santa Fe lifestyle everyday, call Emily Medvec at 505-660-4541 to arrange for a brief phone consultation on current market trends and to schedule showings in advance of your visit.

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Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Emily, you know I love this story.  Generations of these lizards living on the land.  A lifeform far older than our own.  How lucky you are to share grounds with this amazing creature.

Jun 25, 2012 01:12 PM #1
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Mona, Santa Fe is a place when if open one can connect with a universe of life. Thank you!

Jun 25, 2012 01:15 PM #2
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Emily - the headline got me ... but the story kept me!  Thanks for sharing ... and I learned that there's little difference between a horned toad and a horned frog ... except perhaps an alphabetical preference!  Thanks for sharing...

Jun 25, 2012 02:36 PM #3
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I wonder what varmit I could post on line that would be as new to you as this one is to me.
Jun 25, 2012 04:28 PM #4
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

EM, it is wonderful to share the fact that not all horrible looking lizards are dangerous...he would just need to move along if I were in Santa Fe...good share...i was watching a program on Nova about the most venomous creatures on earth so seeing this guy would have made me nervous!

Jun 25, 2012 08:15 PM #5
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Emily - I love your story. She is a very interesting lady and I'm glad you are on her side.

Jun 25, 2012 10:17 PM #6
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Jack, thank you for stopping by. I love it when I discover another soul who loves stories.

Cherly, it was actually our first lab who introduced me to my first one when she was a puppy ages ago. They were sharing the shade of the same wild mountain mahogany bush. The pup was so fascinated all she could do was bark back as the little tiny lizard did push ups to ward her off. She is far from a varmit. They are gentle souls who remind us to be kind to those who look different.

Ginny, this horned torn was smaller than my thumb. I made the image larger so you could see even her tiny finger feet. They are endangered because they have so many predators, hopefully not fearful humans.

Toni, yes I am on her side. Perhaps that is why she is here. Thank you for stopping by for the story.

Jun 25, 2012 10:55 PM #7
Sue Ellett
Coldwell Banker Realty - Austin, TX
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ

no wonder she is endangered if she's not even as big as your thumb!   Great story.   

Jun 25, 2012 11:32 PM #8
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Emily - Great post and a beautiful lizard. We have several species of animals who return to our home every year, and we always look forward to their arrival as a sign of the changing seasons. Our favorite is a family of flycatchers who nest under our deck and eat tons of mosquitos, and the enormous toads who live in our garden and terrify Mary's rat terrier. None of them are endangered, and we're doing our best to keep it that way.

Jun 26, 2012 01:28 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely creature.  I think she is beautiful and is good at eating ants.  Glad she is sharing your land and taking good care of it in the process.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Jun 26, 2012 01:35 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Emily, what an interesting looking creature, and good thing you had your trusty IPhone in hand!      She certainly does look like was came from dinosaur years!

Jun 26, 2012 02:08 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Emily the Horned Toad or Horned Frog is a little bit like a carnelian the way she blends in with the surroundings.

Jun 26, 2012 10:28 AM #12
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Emily, Great story and I found out something esle I didn't know.

Jun 26, 2012 12:35 PM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Emily... it's stories like this that makes me glad I became a member of ActiveRain. Every place has something unique and you always share something exciting that isn't common to the rest of us. Although I've heard about the horned toad, I've never seen one, but I can tell you, I'd be pleased to meet one and if I did, I'd cherish the moment. I'd take pictures just like you did and I would give thanks. What a beautiful creature!

Thanks for sharing and making my day!  :)

Jun 26, 2012 04:25 PM #14
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Thanks for sharing this story, Emily.  I think that her prodigy will certainly return to you, knowing that you will protect them!

Jul 01, 2012 07:46 AM #15
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