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Texas Horned Lizard

Texas horned lizard is a small lizard found in the south-central United States and Mexico. The species is flat-bodied and looks fearsome.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Phrynosomatidae
    Genus Phrynosoma
    Scientific Name Phrynosoma cornutum


    Other Names Horny Toad
    Length Around 2.5 – 4 in
    Color Brown to gray to rust with rows of dark spots down the back; dark lines and a light central stripe radiates from the eye
    Distribution Colorado, Kansas, northern Mexico (Sonoran desert), southeastern Arizona, Texas; Carolinas, Georgia, and northern Florida (introduced population), Louisiana, Arkansas
    Habitat Sandy areas, arid and semiarid open country with vegetation, mountains, foothills, alluvial plains, short grass prairie
    Diet Mainly harvester ants, also feeds on termites, beetles, grasshoppers
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Breeding Season End of April to July
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 13 to 45 eggs
    Incubation Period 45 to 55 days
    Average Lifespan Less than 2 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 15th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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