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Greater Short-Horned Lizard

The Greater Short-Horned Lizard is a species of North American reptiles that are often mistaken for toads from a distance especially because of their physical characteristics, and a rounded, flat body.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Iguanidae
    Subfamily Phrynosomatinae
    Genus Phrynosoma
    Species P. hernandesi
    Scientific Name Phrynosoma hernandesi

    Other Names Mountain short-horned lizard
    Length 2 to 5 inches (5.1 to 12.7 cm)
    Coloration Combination of dull gray, beige, rusty orange with the body sides bordered by white irregular lines
    Distribution Western regions of North America
    Habitat Semiarid plain areas to high altitudes up to the mountains including prairies with short grasses, deserts and forests
    Diet Primarily ants, occasionally grasshoppers or beetles
    Breeding Season Spring (May to June)
    Litter Size 5 to 48 offspring
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on December 8th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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