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Regal Horned Lizard

Regal horned lizard is a species of lizard found in Southwest United States and Mexico. The species is active year-round, but during winter, it is active only on unseasonably warmer days. When alarmed or threatened, the lizard squirts blood from its eyes to deter predators.



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


    Length Around 3 – 4 in
    Color Pale gray to reddish or yellow-brown covered with dark uneven patches on the body
    Distribution Southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, most of Sonora,  northern Sinaloa, Mexico
    Habitat Hot, dry, sandy areas
    Diet Mainly harvester ants, also feed on flies, spiders, and different kinds of insects
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates in the fall season
    Predators Snakes, birds
    Breeding Season Late April to June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 10 to 30 eggs
    Average Lifespan 5 to 8 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 20th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th August 2018.

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