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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Desert Horned Lizard

Phrynosoma platyrhinos
The desert horned lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos, is often referred to as a horned toad due to its squat, toad-like body. There are over a dozen species of horned lizards throughout the western United States and Mexico. Horned lizards can be found in dry, warm habitats such as deserts and feed primarily on insects such as ants, grasshoppers, and beetles. For defense, they are capable of puffing up to twice their size and if they fails, they have adapted to shoot blood from their eyes in order to startle predators. 
1930 – 1980
2.5" h 9.25" w 8" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Museum Collection

Science Tuesday: Zoology (February 2017)
Science Tuesdays is an ongoing educational experience, offering science programming based on changing themes each month. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day on Tuesdays at the Museum and include a variety of activities and interactive displays.

Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.        

Virtual Discovery Kit: Zoology (April 2020)
Zoologists and animal lovers alike can investigate unique animal specimens from habitats all around the world. Discover where these animals live, what they eat and what makes them special!
School Loan Collection