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Patient of the Week: Desert Horned Lizard

Recently, this Desert Horned Lizard was brought to Tucson Wildlife Center after being cut by a weed-eater. After examination, our medical staff cleaned and treated the wounds. In rehab, this lizard has made quick progress in mending its injuries and will soon be released back into its natural habitat.

Horned Lizards are sometimes called Horned Toads or Horny Toads. With their plump bodies, short legs, and bumpy, scaly skin, it would be easy to mistake one for a toad if you didn’t see its tail. But these interesting lizards are reptiles, not amphibians, and have fascinating characteristics. While some lizards use body movement as a sign of aggression, Desert Horned Lizards display head bobbing, weaving, and tail movements to attract a mate. They also have the unique ability to shoot blood from their eyes when threatened by predators. The squirting blood comes from ducts in the corners of their eyes and can travel up to three feet!

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