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Texas State Reptile

Texas horned lizard - click to see all state reptiles
Texas horned lizard photo from: Texas Parks & Wildlife* (used by permission).
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Texas Horned Lizard

Horned lizard video

Texas designated the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), the official state reptile in 1993. Horned lizards can have an intimidating appearance but are docile and gentle in nature.

When a horned lizard feels threatened, it flattens and freezes in place, trying to blend with the ground. Texas now lists this unique animal as threatened.

Texas horned lizard - click to see all state reptiles
Texas horned lizard photo © Sarah (sarowen) on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works.
See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.

Ancient American Indians of the Southwest (the Anasazi and the Mimbres) depicted horned lizards on pottery and in petroglyphs. It was a symbol of health and happiness to Native Americans.

In recent times, the horned lizards' habitat has shrunk, imported fire ants have supplanted their food supply, and their numbers have declined drastically. The horned lizard is no longer seen in many regions where it was once common. Two of the three native Texas species are now listed as threatened (Texas horned lizard and the mountain short-horned lizard).

Source:
Endangered and Threatened Species: TX Parks and Wildlife
Links:
Texas Horned Lizard: Who Zoo
Texas Horned Lizard Watch: Texas Parks & Wildlife (PDF)
Horned Lizards: Desert USA
Horned Lizard: Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia
All State Reptiles & Amphibians
* Photo of Texas Horned Lizard was copied on 09/19/04 from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Web Site: www.tpwd.state.tx.us. Neither this Web Site, nor the information presented on this Web Site is endorsed by the State of Texas or Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.


    

 

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