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Desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)
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Desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)

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Wrongly called "horny toads," these spiny ant eating lizards are not like any other North American Lizards.
There are 14 known species, 8 of which can be found in the USA.

When threatened they inflate their bodies to make themselves look larger - and some species can squirt blood from their eyes !

They divide into two main groups, most species lay eggs, but the species which live at higher altitudes give birth to live young.

The Picture above is beleived to be P. platyrhinos which lays eggs (typically 25 in a clutch)




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