Texas designated the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), the official state reptile in 1993. Horned lizards can have an intimidating appearance but are docile and gentle in nature.    When a horned lizard feels threatened, it flattens and freezes in place, trying to blend with the ground. Texas now lists this unique animal as threatened.

Texas designated the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), the official state reptile in 1993. Horned lizards can have an intimidating appearance but are docile and gentle in nature. When a horned lizard feels threatened, it flattens and freezes in place, trying to blend with the ground. Texas now lists this unique animal as threatened.

Texas Horned Lizard, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA Photographic ...

Texas Horned Lizard, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA Photographic ...

The REAL TCU horned frog! Used to play with these all the time when I was a kid. You could always find one out in the yard.

The REAL TCU horned frog! Used to play with these all the time when I was a kid. You could always find one out in the yard.

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Southern-Desert-Horned-Lizard-Phrynosomatidae-Phrynosoma-platyrhinos-calidiarum-3 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The horned lizard shoots blood out of its eyes as a defence against predators.

The horned lizard shoots blood out of its eyes as a defence against predators.

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