Texas "Horny Toad"

Texas “Horny Toad”

This tie tac represents a horned lizard, Horned lizards are a genus of lizards which are the type genus of the family Phrynosomatidae. The horned lizard is popularly called a “horned toad”, “horny toad” or “horned frog”, yet it is neither a toad nor a frog. The popular names come from the lizard’s rounded body and blunt snout, which make it resemble a toad or frog (Phrynosoma literally means “toad-bodied”). The spines on its back and sides are made from modified scales, whereas the horns on the heads are true horns (i.e. they have a bony core). Of 15 species of horned lizards in North America, eight are native to the United States. The largest-bodied and most widely distributed of the US species is the Texas horned lizard (P. cornutum).

They used to be rife in West Texas. The last I have seen were at Reese Air Base (now part of Texas Tech University). I have heard that the infestation of fire ants in West Texas has eliminated the food supply of these little animals and they seem to have all but disappeared in Tom Green County.

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