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Horned Lizard (Horny Toad)
Posted By: lgross1949, 06-19-2008, 03:25 PM

A horned lizard near where I work.

Les

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welcome to the forum! are they poisonous?
i'm wondering how come the exposure for the two photos are so different?
and i think the second photo could improve a bit if the head was in focus
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Your photo harkens me back. When I was a kid growing up here in my suburbs of San Diego we had lots and lots of them. I haven't seen one now in over 20 years. Strange how they all disappeared. These are very enjoyable shots to me, especially the second one.
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i have seen these guys when I was younger. I don't think they are poisonous; from what i can remember they ate ants, hence my bro called it antseater...Very nice photogs, they look so dinosaurus...hehe

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Cute little critters


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I'm curious about K100D's question as well. neat critter and it's too bad (for us, not him) that he blends into the background so well.

LaRee, I just watched a 12 minute segment on our dissappearing reptiles. More than 1/3 of the world's reptiles are extinct or threatened. Many of the remainder are in trouble. One commentator compared the situation to "being worse than the extintion of the Dinosuars". They didn't say directly that it was the fault of human activity but I'm one that thinks we've come to the point of stressing our environment (Pesticides etc) to the point of collapse. Some days I feel like a virus...

You can see it here for yourself. CBC.ca | The National | Archive | Environment/Science | Amphibian Extinction
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How could you tell it was horny?

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We used to be able to find those lizards in any vacant lot when I was growing up. They were EVERYWHERE! But I couldn't tell you the last time I saw one in the wild. I saw an article years ago that said there was a theory that a type of leukemia was wiping out the population, I believe.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
How could you tell it was horny?

It has "that look". Can't you tell?
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
welcome to the forum! are they poisonous?
i'm wondering how come the exposure for the two photos are so different?
and i think the second photo could improve a bit if the head was in focus
No they are not poisonous. In fact they are very tame and don't mind being handled a little. (carefully). The reason there are so few anymore is rather ironic. Yes they do eat ants, but the ants are their worst enemy as well.
The influx of fire ants into the areas that they used to be so common is the reason there are no so few. When the lizards are very small they are attacked by fire ants, killed and eaten. Road runners also take there share of them.
Thanks for the input! It was very early in the morning and the sun was coming up. The focus issue was because I was focusing on the body trying to sharpen the skin and horns.

Les
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