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Baby Horned Lizards Hatched Out at Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo recently welcomed their first ever clutch of Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) hatchlings – 39 babies in all! Also known as “horny toads”, Texas Horned Lizards, were once common, but are now disappearing, due to development and the introduction of non-native fire ants.

This threatened species has vanished in East and Central Texas, and is now decreasing in North Texas, too.

Learn more about the “horny toad” and Dallas Zoo’s conservation efforts:

ZooBorns.com and Dallas Zoo.

Glue-guns. Slime blankets. Mind-altering venom, flesh-rotting chemicals, and fountains of spit so powerful, they’ll knock you off your perch and into a pair of awaiting jaws. Better grab a raincoat, because nature is positively crawling with ingenious ways of dealing out death via some carefully aimed bodily fluids.
 
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Texas Horned Lizard

this lizard is one of about 14 North American species of spikey-bodied reptiles called horned lizards.

The horned lizard is popularly called a “horned toad”, “horny toad”, or “horned frog”, but it is neither a toad nor a frog. The popular names come from the lizard’s rounded body and blunt snout, which give it a decidedly toad- or frog-like appearance.
Although its coloration generally serves as camouflage against predation, when threatened by a predator, a horned lizard will puff up its body to cause its spiny scales to protrude, making it difficult to swallow it also has the ability to squirt an aimed stream of blood from the corners of the eyes and sometimes from its mouth for a distance of up to 5 ft (1.5 m). This not only confuses would-be predators, but also the blood is mixed with a chemical that is foul-tasting to canine predators such as wolves, coyotes, and domestic dogs.

this lizard eats ants and termites
Despite its fierce appearance, Texas horned lizards are extremely docile creatures. Since they have very few natural predators, they are not at all aggressive, and will never bite.Today, it is illegal to disturb or keep a horned lizard without a state permit.

Model of a Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum). When threatened, these defensive reptiles puff themselves up with air and flatten their bodies to appear bigger and deter predators from trying to swallow them. If that doesn’t work, the lizards are able to squirt a stream of noxious-tasting blood from a gland in their eyes up to 5ft (1.5m). It is highly effective, because, eww. 

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