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Desert Horned Lizard or Flat-tailed Horned Lizard

Phrynosoma platyrhinos or Phrynosoma mcalli

Description:

Having trouble with this one. It's either a desert horned lizard or a flat-tailed horned lizard. If you can spot the difference, then please let me know.

Notes:

Perhaps the desert horned lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos

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10 Comments

calewhitworth
calewhitworth 10 years ago

Gordon, thanks for your kind comments. This one has given me fits, and I can't find a good resource to call it with certainty. Thanks for your suggestion and help.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

It may simply be one of those animals that one has to have in hand to determine the ID as differences at the species level may be slight. I run into that a lot when working with certain groups of insects, such as damselflies. Still, it's a wonderful find and a beautifully set up photograph; the low angle puts the viewer in the animal's world. Nicely done...

calewhitworth
calewhitworth 10 years ago

I added another pic (of another one we say that day) to help with identifying this one.

calewhitworth
calewhitworth 10 years ago

Gordon, I totally agree that it is the same lizard in your link; however, I've had trouble ID'ing this one. Here's another link to consider:

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_qu...

Any help would be appreciated.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

I'd suggest a flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcalli). It is native to the area in which you photographed it. See http://www.anzaborrego.net/Travel/AnzaBo... for another example. Great shot and great eye for spotting it!

Joseph Christopher
Joseph Christopher 10 years ago

WOW you lucky bugga i,ve always wanted to photograph this lizard.. there's a similar one called the thorny devil.

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 10 years ago

We called them "horny toads", clearly a misnomer. They eat ants.

MitchRay
MitchRay 10 years ago

Looks like it could be. I'm not up to snuff on Western herps, and I don't have a Western Field Guide with me.

calewhitworth
calewhitworth 10 years ago

Could it be the desert horned lizard? Phrynosoma platyrhinos?

MitchRay
MitchRay 10 years ago

Something in Genus Phrynosoma.

calewhitworth
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calewhitworth

California, USA

Spotted on Mar 30, 2011
Submitted on Apr 10, 2011

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