Horned Lizard

Horned Lizard

Wyoming experiences many months of below freezing
temperatures making it very difficult for animals to survive, especially reptiles. One reptile is the horned lizard that has
been adapted to live in Wyoming. The horned lizard is the official reptile
of Wyoming. With eight species of horned lizards found
in the United States, the short-horned lizard is the most common in Wyoming. Horned lizards or sometimes known as horned
toads are common to drier areas of Wyoming, occupying sagebrush and short grass ecosystems. Horned lizards are selective eaters and generally
will only eat certain species of ants with the occasional beetle. When cold temperatures hit, the reptiles hibernate. This period generally lasts from the early
fall through early spring. These tiny reptiles are typically 2.5 inches
in length and weigh less than an ounce. They are brown, yellow, and reddish in color
with tiny spines covering their bodies giving them a fictional dragon appearance. The reptiles have many defenses for avoiding
or deterring predators including: to flatten out, burrow into the ground with its wide
head, excrete blood near the eyes, or puff up. While not large in size, the short horned
lizard makes a big impression on those who are able to observe it in the wild. From the University of Wyoming Extension I’m
Ashley Garrelts, Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.

Randy Schultz

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2 thoughts on “Horned Lizard

  1. twitchster77 says:

    Where's a good place in wyoming to find these guys?
    Would also love to know where there's a good place to find toads in wyoming (not frogs, but toads).

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