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Desert Horned Lizard
Family: Phrynosomatidae Order: Squamata Class: Reptilia
The desert horned lizard is a common yearlong resident in the Mojave, Sonoran
and Colorado deserts (Behler and King 1979) as well as in the northeastern corner of
the state. An isolated population exists in San Jacinto River Wash, Riverside Co.
(Stebbins 1972). It occurs in all
types and grass/forb stages of
Sparse or open habitats are preferred by the desert horned lizard.
Its elevational range extends from below sea level to 2130 m (7000 ft) (Macey and
Papenfuss 1991). This species is most active from April to July in lower elevations
and from May to September in higher areas.
California Department of Fish and Game.
Phrynosoma coronatum, Coast Horned Lizard - Dick Schwenkmeyer and Brad Hollingsworth. San Diego Natural History Museum
Common throughout California desert areas