Author: Avery Haines
A Horned Lizard is a lizard from the Columbia Basin or the Cascade Foothills. They are very small lizards, only about 10 cm long. Some facts are that they weigh less than a quarter and they love ants and beetles. Also, a Horned Lizard will squirt blood from their eyes! But, why do they do this?
Horned Lizards will squirt blood from their eyes when it feels threatened or sees a predator looking like it’s going to attack. The blood comes from the ducts in the corner of their eyes and can travel a distance of three feet. That’s one meter! The Horned Lizard also does this to confuse its predators. Some of the Horned Lizards predators are: birds, coyotes and snakes. The blood does not hurt the lizard, it just confuses the predators.
In closing, the Horned Lizard squirts blood from their eyes only when it feels threatened. The Horned Lizard is one of my favorite animals because of their awesome adaptations. Not many people want Horned Lizards because of the blood. I want one, but they are a very threatened species and you have to have a permit to get one. Many people do not like Horned Lizards, but after writing this maybe it could change a couple minds.