By Tom Barnwell

Phrynosoma Cornutum

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
State/Province/Region
AZ
Country
US
Nearest Area
Catalina State Park
Town
Tucson
Brief Directions

Catalina State Park is north of Tucson.

Description

A beautifully camouflaged Horned Toad (Phrynosoma cornutum) basks in the morning sun in Catalina State Park near Tucson, AZ. The misnamed Horned Toad is not a toad but is a member of the lizard family. The popular name comes from its rounded body and blunt snout, which give it a decidedly toad-like appearance. Phrynosoma literally means "toad-bodied," and cornutum means "horned". Its horns are extensions of its cranium and contain true bone.

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Date Taken
25/04/2013

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