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Mexican Plateau horned lizard

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Suborder  Lacertilia
Scientific name  Phrynosoma orbiculare
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Squamata
Family  Phrynosomatidae
Higher classification  Horned lizard
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Similar  Horned lizard, Reptile, Short‑tailed horned lizard, Giant horned lizard, Roundtail horned lizard

The Mexican Plateau horned lizard (Phrynosoma orbiculare) is a species of horned lizard. It is also known as the Chihuahua Desert horned lizard. The specific epithet, orbiculare, comes from the Latin adjective orbis, meaning "circular".



Phrynosoma orbiculare has a characteristic single row of lateral abdominal fringe scales. This "horned toad" also has two short occipital horns.

Geographic range

This species is found only in the high plateau country of central Mexico. Specifically, it is found in the states of Chihuahua, Durango, and Nuevo León. Its range continues southeast through Morelos, Puebla and Veracruz.


It occurs in a wide range of primary (dry scrubland, pine-oak forest, oak forest, juniper forest) and secondary habitats (agricultural land, and agave and Opuntia fields).


Mexican Plateau horned lizard Wikipedia

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