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Coast Horned Lizard

Coast horned lizards are a species of lizards native to California and Baja California. They are diurnal and have more than six subspecies. When threatened, they can squirt blood from the eyes as an act of defense.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Phrynosomatidae
    Subfamily Phrynosomatinae
    Genus Phrynosoma
    Scientific Name Phrynosoma coronatum

    Length  6.4-16.1cm
    Color Two large dark uneven patches at the back of the head with three broad bands on the body; body color is different shades brown with cream markings around the patches and on the outer border of the scales
    Distribution California to Baja California
    Habitat Scantily vegetated sandy soiled open areas
    Diet Ants, beetles, spiders
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter under logs or rocks in mammal burrows, or in crevices
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 6 to 21 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 19th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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