On my first afternoon in the range of these lizards, I drove slowly down a long dirt road keeping my eyes attuned to any lizard-shaped objects. Within half an hour, I spotted this sleepy-looking fellow hunkered down near the edge of the dirt road in what appears to be a small ant mound. No ants were actually present, so maybe the nest was inactive, or maybe the lizard had eaten all the ants that dared come to the surface. In any case, I had found my target, and I was a happy camper. There is in general nothing more satisfying than spotting a motionless horned lizard, and spotting this particular one was even more satisfying than usual.
My friend Jackson Shedd informs me that research is underway that is likely to split one of the currently-defined U.S. species of horned lizards into multiple species. If and when that happens, I will of course have to go out and search for each of the newly-defined species that I haven't already seen. But for now, I have fulfilled my quest to see them all.
- Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2017. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding, Eighth Edition
- Jones, L. L. C., Lovich, R. E. 2009. Lizards of the American Southwest: A Photographic Field Guide