Mexican horned lizard

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Mexican horned lizard
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Phrynosoma
Species: P. taurus
Binomial name
Phrynosoma taurus
Dugès, 1873[1]

The Mexican horned lizard (Phrynosoma taurus) is a horned lizard species native to Mexico.[2] Horned lizards are sometimes referred to as "horned toads" or "horny toads", although they are not toads. Compared to other members of the horned lizards (genus Phrynosoma), little is known about this species.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

It is known to live in the Sierra Madre del Sur, south and southeast of Mexico City, in the states of Guerrero and Puebla, Mexico. Its range partially overlaps with that of Phrynosoma braconnieri.


The Mexican horned lizard is a terrestrial species found in arid scrub, high desert, and even tropical dry forest. Phrynosoma taurus can also persist in traditional pastures.[4]


Phrynosoma taurus is viviparous like some horned lizards (Phrynosoma hernandezi, Phrynosoma orbiculare and others).


  1. ^ The Reptile Database.
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