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By Pink Rivera / El Paso Times

EL PASO -- The El Paso Zoo's newest resident is no bigger than 5 inches, but it can shoot blood out of its eye.

It's classified as a threatened species in Texas, even though it is the state's official lizard.

Meet the the horny toad, or horned frog, officially known as the Texas horned lizard.

Its status as a threatened reptile means that if anyone attempts to sell it or keep it as a pet, the person would be fined at least $500, said Griselda Martinez, the El Paso Zoo collections supervisor.

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