• Pipe Spring National Monument

    Pipe Spring

    National Monument Arizona

Reptiles

Desert Short Horned Lizard

NPS

Reptile skins are usually covered in scales or scutes. Sometimes they will be covered in both. Another characteristics of reptiles is that they breathe air. Most of the reptiles are cold blooded. For example: often you will spot a lizard sitting in the sun light(on a rock usually). If the lizard is just staying there and not moving, it is most likely trying to get its body warm. Click on one of the animals to the left to learn more about lizards and snakes.

Did You Know?

Longhorn steer at Pipe Spring National Monument

Texas Longhorns have their own built-in heating and cooling system. Their huge horns are filled with blood vessels that dilate or constrict, depending on whether the cattle need to be warm or cool. More...