The spikes of the horned lizard may look intimidating, but they aren’t actually sharp. Instead, they’re used to prevent water loss through the skin. However, the horns on its head are true horns, which means they have an accompanying bone structure. The horned lizard is very easy to catch due to its slow-moving nature. Its primary defense mechanism is its excellent camouflage, which it relies on almost entirely in order to avoid predators.
- Recommended Age: 18 months and up
- Size in cm: 13.5 L x 9 W x 5.9 H
- Size in in: 5.31 L x 3.54 W x 2.32 H
No horned lizard species are listed as Endangered, although the flat-tailed horned lizard in the southwestern US is listed as Near Threatened. Most other species are listed as Least Concern. The main threats to horned lizards include habitat loss, aggressive efforts to get rid of ants in certain areas and capture for the pet trade.