Yarnell Street seems like any other suburban neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.
The east side of the Sylmar, California, road features two one-story homes – a blue-trimmed white house with a minivan out front and an orange house with a hedge and American flag.
But on the west side of the street, behind a clay-colored fence, wild animals thrive in their oasis.
The fence leads down a dirt driveway lined with silver olive trees, whose black fruits lie smashed at our feet, pits oozing out of the skin. At the end of the drive, a plastic iguana sits on an old tree trunk, foreshadowing the critters to come.