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Desert horned lizard

Phrynosoma platyrhinos


Flat bodied; relatively short spines crown head; one row of pointed scales fringes trunk. Belly scales smooth. Red, tan, or dark gray with wavy crossbands on sides of head, dark blotches on sides of neck


Areas of sandy, gravelly soil, windblown sand; flat arid stretches where rocks or scrub vegetation are present

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merarimoho 7 years ago

I used to work by the CA/NV state line by I-15 and i saw lots of those, the young ones were very cute, pretending to look bigger

alfredbooker01 7 years ago

I have seen one many years ago. Its amazing!

merarimoho 7 years ago

I love those guys but this is the first time i've seen one in the last three months (im working on a construction project in SoCal)

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 7 years ago

Oh my goodness, I haven't seen these around since I was a little kid!!! Our BioBlitz theme this year was actually about the disappearance of the Horny Toad. =( (I'm in Oklahoma.)

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California, USA

Spotted on Oct 10, 2012
Submitted on Oct 10, 2012

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