Horny Toad

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on August 29, 2010

Horny toads are cute reptiles that eat harvester ants.  Those are the big red ants that have a mound with all the vegetation cleared from around it.  Unless you disturb the mound or mess with an ant, they are pretty laid back and do not bother anybody.  Harvester ants are disappearing from a combination of habitat loss and the imported fire ants.  Fire ants destroy any other ant nests they come across.  As the harvester ants have disappeared, so have the horny toads.  In fact, the Texas Parks and Wildlife is running a study called the Texas Horned Lizard Watch and asks people to contact them if you see a horny toad.  They need date and location.  This horny toad was on my parent’s farm back when it was still mostly peach orchard.

Horny Toad

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Jerry Clifford from minneapolis mn real estate August 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm

That is one cool-looking toad. Sad to hear that they are an endangered species, I really hope we can protect these kind of animals from extinction.

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