Horned Lizard

Wyoming State Reptile


Horned lizard

Horned lizard; greater short-horned lizard in Tonto National Forest, AZ.  Photo by Carla Kishinami/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).

Official State Reptile of Wyoming

Wyoming designated the horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglasi brevirostre) as the official state reptile in 1993. All State Reptiles

Also commonly called "horned toads" because of their rounded, toadlike shape, the horned lizard is a genus of short-tailed, short-legged lizards in the iguana family, about 3-5 inches in length. They feed on ants and other insects.

Horned lizards can have an intimidating appearance because of the hornlike spines on the back of the head and sides of its body, but they are actually docile and gentle in nature. When a horned lizard feels threatened, it flattens and freezes in place, trying to blend with the ground (it can also spray an intruder with blood from the corners of its eyes in defense).



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