Horned Lizard

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The Texas horned lizard, known by most people as a horny toad has been on the Texas endangered species list since 1967. The Texas horned lizard has a spiky body, which gives them their name horned lizard or horny toad. The horny toad can be found in Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, the Carolinas, and Mexico. The Texas horny toad is the largest and most widely distributed of the 14 species of horned lizards in the western United States and Mexico. These unique looking creatures have a flat body. The head of a horny toad has many horns; the two middle head spines are much longer than the other horns. Most of the Texas horned lizards have a light line that goes from its head down the middle of its back. The horned lizard is the only species that has dark brown stripes that go down from their eyes across the top of their head. The Texas horned toad hibernates from September or October to around late April or May. While the horny toad hibernates they slow their metabolism down so they can go for long periods of time with no food or water. Their mating usually occurs soon after hibernation. After the female and the male mate, the female will then carry her eggs for a period of time as they develop. The female horny toad will choose a nest and then she will dig a slanted tunnel and lay 13 to 45 eggs. After she buries her eggs she may sit on the tunnel entrance for one night, she leaves the nest and never comes back to her…...

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