Phrynosoma douglasii – Pygmy short-horned lizard
Key ID features: flat round body with single row of pointed fringe-like scales on each side. Spines or “horns” project from back of head. Toad-like in appearance- called “horned toad”
Habitat: shrub-steppe with well-drained soil that allows burrowing below the surface. Also use lithosols.
- Cryptic coloration to blend into background mottled dorsal pattern
- short triangular tail
- short legs
- Single row, pointed scales
- blunt snout
- Underside white, or yellowish to gray.