Horned lizard squirts blood from eyes

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When the horned lizard (horned Toad) squat and flattened body shape and short, blunt snout give it a toad-like look. they are reptiles. Despite their spiky features, short-horned lizards are preyed upon by a number of creatures, including hawks, roadrunners, snakes, lizards, dogs, wolves, and coyotes.hen the horned lizard (horned Toad) squat and flattened body shape and short, blunt snout give it a toad-ish look. they are a reptile. Despite their spiky features, short-horned lizards are preyed upon by a number of creatures, including hawks, roadrunners, snakes, lizards, dogs, wolves, and coyotes.

When a predator attacks it inflates its body to look like a spiny balloon does not stop the predator it is capable of  squeezes its eyes to squirts blood like it was shot out of a squirt gun. They do this by allowing the arteries behind their eyes to close. As the  pressure builds the eyes bulge and blood is sends into capillaries at the inner corner of their eyes. Just at the mouth of the predator tries to wrap his mouth around the horny lizard, it squirts his blood into the other animals mouth. They can shoot  upwards of 50 plus times in two minutes and it can travel about three feet. The predator is confused and doesn’t like taste or the size so the toad escapes.

On the head the Horny Toad wears a crown of horns and many spines across their back. Their coloring can be yellowish, gray, or reddish-brown to blend in where it lives  and, combined with their shape, affords them considerable camouflage on the surface. They feed primarily on ants, waiting for one to unsuspectingly crawl by before snapping it in and swallowing it whole. They are also known to eat grasshoppers, beetles, and spiders.
In the last few decades short-horn lizard populations have been in decline throughout their range. Destruction of their native habitat, efforts to eradicate ants—their staple food—and the pet trade have all contributed to this.

Image and excerpts courtesy of     www.nationalgeographic.com/animals

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