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Desert Horned Lizard

Desert horned lizard is a species of lizard found in western North America. In spite of being a lizard, it is also known as “horny toad”.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Family Phrynosomatidae
    Genus Phrynosoma
    Scientific Name Phrynosoma platyrhinos


    Length Around 140 mm
    Color Tan, beige or reddish dorsal color with contrasting wavy uneven patches of darker color; two prominent dark uneven patches on the neck bordered by light white or gray color towards the posterior
    Distribution Southern Idaho, northern Mexico
    Habitat Arid regions with some loose soil, areas with sandy soils
    Diet Invertebrates, like ants (including red harvester ants,) crickets, grasshoppers, worms, flies, beetles, meal worms, lady bugs, some plant material
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Breeding Season April – June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 16 eggs
    Incubation Period 50 to 60 days
    Reproductive Age Around 3 years of age
    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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