|Desert Horned Lizard|
When a predator approaches, a horned lizard is most likely to freeze, relying on its coloring to hide it. It will also blow its body up, to make its horns more obvious and to make itself look too big to swallow. It may run in short bursts, as I saw this one do, and then freeze, to confuse the predator. There are even a few species of the horned lizard that will squirt blood from its eyes to repel canine and feline predators. (The desert horned lizard is not one of those.) You can see a video with a Regal Horned Lizard which sprays blood here. (If you are in to that sort of thing.) The young horned lizards have smaller horns, and tend to get snapped up quickly, so the horned lizard will lay lots of eggs. Cool-looking critter.
I am sure many of you are preparing for some fourth of July festivities. Therefore I won't go on and on. I will simply leave you with one more painting from the mixed media series and a photo of the native Antelope Ground Squirrel, wish you a happy fourth, and sign off!
|Cute little bugger, but they are destructive, too. They will climb up into your car and chew on important wires.|
|"Tail Therapy." Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 9 x 12 inches. ©Karine M Swenson 2011|