Do any of you know what this organism is? Some of
you might think its a smaller version of the large reptilian giants
that were used to scare people in the 1960 movie "The Lost World" or
some of you might call it or have heard it called a "Horny Toad"
because it superficially looks like one, but in fact it is just a Texas
Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma
cornutum). The scientific name means "toad-bodied" so it
comes from the Greek word phrynos which means toad and soma which
means body. If you were watching one you might think it was a toad
because of its many toad like characteristics like when they flick
out their tongue in a toad like action or when they puff themselves
up to deter predators from attacking them (Sherbrooke).
toad-like characteristics they really are Texas Horned Lizards. They
have scales, tails, forefeet with five clawed toes, and eggs
specialized for development on land, these are just a few of the main
reasons showing why in fact they are lizards and not toads.
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