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Coast Horned Lizard Phrynosoma coronatum


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Coast Horned Lizard
credit: Eugene Van der Pijil

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Family: Phrynosomatidae, Earless and Horned Lizards view all from this family

Description Less rounded than other horned lizards. It has two large dark blotches behind its head, followed by three broad bands on its body, with several smaller bands along the tail. Various shades of brown, with cream 'accents' around the blotches and the outer finge of its scales.

Dimensions 6.4-16.1cm. (2 1/2-6 3/8")

Warning If captured, will inflate itself, hiss, bite, and spray blood from corners of eyes. Its bite is not venomous.

Breeding Multiple clutches laid May-June. 6-21 eggs per clutch. Hatch July-September.

Habitat Sparsely vegetated, sandy soiled open areas.

Range California to Baja California.

Discussion Diurnal. As a defense the lizard can shoot high pressure streams of blood out of its eyes if threatened. Will hiss and bite captors.