Our cute little plastic horned lizard or horney toad is lifelike, and therefore a wonderful addition to your school project, desert diorama, or plastic animal collection. The words "HORNED LIZARD" are moulded into the bottom of the plastic animal. The plastic is solid, and just a little bit flexible. The 2 1/4-inch measurement is from the horned toad's face to the end of its tail. Be sure to see our other neat lizard toys and gifts.
There are numberous species of horned lizards (often popularly called horned toads) in the genus Phrynosoma. Although they are reptiles, and not related to either frogs or toads, the name "Phrynosoma" means "toad-bodied," so named because of the animal's appearance. Horned lizards inhabit the western deserts of the United States and Mexico, thriving in the hot, dry climate. They eat insects, ants, beetles, grashoppers, and other tiny animals. A horned toad's defenses include camouflage, running, and squirting blood from the eye. This can cause confusion to the predator, but does not seem to bother birds. The spines and "horns" often dissuade their animal preditors, but are not dangerous to humans beyond a small poke. They don't bite, and are considered harmless.
When I was a youngster and we'd catch horned toads on my dad's ranch, I was fooled into dropping one when it squirted blood. I though I'd damaged the animal, even though I was being very careful! We didn't make the linked video, but we thought it was interesting. It will open in a new tab or window. When you're finished viewing, you can close the new browser tab or window to return to this page.
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