Small, flat, round lizards have short, stubby horns. The ‘horns’ on the rear of the skull are a crown of small, pointed scales. On the back, two rows of sizable black dots are either gray, yellowish, or reddish-brown in hue.
During the day, the species is most active, burrowing at night. These lizards become thrilled by the sight of a moving insect, which prompts them to chase after the moving insect and swallow it whole. Populations of short-horned lizards have been declining recently across much of their range. This has been exacerbated by the pet trade and the destruction of their natural habitat.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No