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Texas Horned Lizard

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The Texas Horned Lizard calls the Southern United States home, originating in Texas itself, and spreading both east and west. There are 14 North American horned lizard species.
Description Sub-Species    


Latin Name: Phrynosoma cornutum Conservation Status: Unknown
Distribution: Southern United States Maximum Size: 6 inches
The Texas Horned Lizard, like all members of its family, have horn like projections on their heads. They are actually body spikes, like the ones that cover their body, but just look like horns. They have small, rounded bodies, with a very short and compact face/snout. When threatened by a predator, they puff out their bodies, creating a ball of spikes that deters their enemies. The blood of the Texas Horned Lizard is actually a deterrent as well, tasting quite awful to a number of animals.


1. A.s. aspera - Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell Turtle
2. A.s. ater - Black Spiny Softshell Turtle
3. A.s. emoryi - Texas Spiny Softshell Turtle
4. A.s. guadalupensis - Guadalupe Spiny Softshell Turtle
5. A.s. hartwegi - Western Spiny Softshell Turtle
6. A.s. pallida - Pallid Spiny Softshell Turtle
7. A.s. spinifera - Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle

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