Flat-tail Horned Lizard

Ron Niebrugge Anza-Borrego, California, Photos, Travel 3 Comments

As a kid we called these guys “horny toads”.  They look like something that should be roaming with the Dinosaurs!  This Flat-tail Horned Lizard was in Coyote Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

This was captured with a Canon 5D III, 70-200 f/2.8 lens with a 2x converter at ISO 200, f/5.6 and 2,000 of a second shutter speed.

I spotted him on my way to a mountain bike ride.  Fortunately it rain across the trail or I don’t think I would have ever spotted it.  Look at how well it blends into the desert.

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  1. As I said on FB, that is a cool find. Hope you find and post some more cool herps. I think that Montezuma grade is supposed to be good for chuckwallas. I have rarely been there in the warm months but did see one the one time I went looking. Coyote canyon is supposed to be good for desert iguanas. Getting close to either can be tough!

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    Hi Milo,


    I missed this response, but did spend most of my time looking around in Coyote Canyon. It was fun to be there for some warm weather, but I have a lot to learn about herps! Didn’t get anything work posting.

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