• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Lizards

short horned lizard

Horned lizards are sometimes called "horny toads" but they are not really toads.

NPS Photo by Sally King

Of the lizards, Whiptailed and Fence are the most commonly seen in the park. Collared lizards and Horned lizards are plentiful but more common on the dry, rocky mesatops than in the canyons. All are most likely seen sunning themselves on a rock, tree trunk, or pueblo wall when the temperatures are warm but not hot. Favorite food for all lizards is insects.

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Dog Petroglyph from Long House

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