Horny toad

It is not a toad or frog, but a lizard. Its coloration serves as a camouflage. When threatened, their first defense is to remain still and hope to avoid detection. It worked, Duchess (my dog) did not notice it at all...

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johnm

johnm - Oct 11, 2009 11:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Good eye to see that one.

Check out the profile page of theronmoon, he has one as well but yours blends in much better.

I'm still trying to spot one!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Oct 11, 2009 11:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good eye to see that one.

Thanks, I did check the site. His horned lizard looks different, but I guess there are many different species as I was reading on line. I have seen quiet a few of these in NM.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Oct 12, 2009 11:28 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Good eye to see that one.

It's a well-known fact that SP has a lot of
Horny Toads posted on various pages.

I have studied the Horned Lizard at great
length, and have seen many in Arizona and
northern Utah.

There does seem to be several species of this
fellow. A rare find in the Grand Canyon, the
Desert Horned lizard has larger head spines
than those found on other species in Arizona.

Like it's larger cousin the Chuckwalla, these
guys are loyal members of the Iguana Family.

Nice Horny Toad, Liba!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Oct 13, 2009 8:37 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Good eye to see that one.

Thanks Larry, I hope that I did not stress it too much. Tried to slow it down for taking more photos...

lcarreau

lcarreau - Oct 13, 2009 3:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Good eye to see that one.

When overstressed, some species shoot blood
out of their eyes.

We're looking at a laid-back reptile here!

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Oct 19, 2009 8:23 pm - Voted 10/10

I have only

caught up with three of these so far with all the time I spend in the desert Liba...fun creatures, good find

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Oct 19, 2009 8:25 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: I have only

Thanks Dow... I sometimes wish to be able to camouflage the way they do...

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Oct 20, 2009 2:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Pretty cool camouflage!

I'd like to spot one of those. Do they live just in desertic zones?

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Oct 21, 2009 10:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Pretty cool camouflage!

I have seen several of these creatures. There are several subspecies. I believe all live in dry climates...

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