Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Horned Toad

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Horny Toads are rough to the touch but have a soft under belly. Much like a lizard. In fact they are related to the lizard family. Their spiny spikes won’t pierce your skin like you might think but you still have to handle them carefully.

The Horned Toad ( we call them Horny Toads) is not poisonous but they have an odd defense. Some can spit blood from their eyes if they feel threatened or cornered. I’ve always known they could do this but had never seen it until trying to free one that got stuck in the chicken wire that lines the bottom of our fence. I was stunned to say the least. So much for being thankful! The little fart.

This little guy (in the photos above) is hanging out in my husbands garden and around his shop, feasting on ants and other small critters. Click the pictures to enlarge them.

More info about Horned Toads here …  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_lizard