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horned lizard

n.
Any of several lizards of the genus Phrynosoma of western North America and Central America, having short horns on the head, a wide flattened spiny body, and a short tail. Also called horned toad, horny toad.

horned′ liz′ard


n.
a flat-bodied iguanid lizard of the genus Phrynosoma, of W North America, having hornlike spines on the head. Also called horned′ toad′.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.horned lizard - insectivorous lizard with hornlike spines on the head and spiny scales on the bodyhorned lizard - insectivorous lizard with hornlike spines on the head and spiny scales on the body; of western North America
iguanid, iguanid lizard - lizards of the New World and Madagascar and some Pacific islands; typically having a long tail and bright throat patch in males
genus Phrynosoma, Phrynosoma - horned lizards
Phrynosoma cornutum, Texas horned lizard - of arid and semiarid open country
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PIT chips are widely applied in the study of wildlife, notably including hatchling Texas Horned Lizards Phrynosoma cornutum with snout-vent lengths as short as 20 mm (Henke 2008).
edu/news/2017/01/24/prized-fossil-find-the-oldest-most-complete-iguanian-in-the-americas-illuminates-the-lives-of-lizards-in-the-age-of-dinosaurs/) a statement Tuesday: "These ancient lineages are not the iguanian lizards which dominate parts of the Americas today, such as anoles and horned lizards.
Iguanians include horned lizards, flying dragons, and basilisks.
Fieldwork and questionnaires increased by a third the number of locations (from 672 to 1148) where horned lizards are known to occur.
The diet is based solidly on reptiles, especially Texas horned lizards.
For instance, horned lizards show a positive correlation between body size and prey item size (Rissing, 1981; Pianka, 1973; Schoener, 1977; Powell and Russell, 1984; Suarez et al.
When pet owners tire of the horned lizards as hard to raise as African violets, they find their way into her reptile house.
Physiological (rapid) change of color in horned lizards (Phrynosoma) of arid habits.
For example, male deep-sea anglerfish attach themselves to their mates, parasite-style, for life, and horned lizards squirt blood from their eyes to ward off attackers.
The cool, quiet air of a spring morning gives way to the wakening of jackrabbits, quail, ground squirrels, and horned lizards as the sun quickly warms the Coolgardie Mesa in the western Mojave Desert of California.
Nestled among the prairie grass of Tinker's Urban Greenway nature reserve area, a group of Texas horned lizards outfitted with tiny transmitter-equipped backpacks participate in a scientific study observing their behavior in the wild.