Quick snapshot photos by Stephanie of a young desert horned lizard I spotted outside our house a few evenings ago. The animal was very small — just a couple of inches long, if that. Desert horned lizards will shoot a stream of blood out of their eyes up to 4-5 feet when threatened by animal predators — this little guy didn’t bother.
This is the second horned lizard I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks. It’s LizardLand outside right now — we’re seeing a greater variety of species zooming around than we’ve had the last couple of years… maybe because of the recent ant population explosion that seemed to follow the spring rains…?