Hatchling Texas Horned Lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum)

This group of eight was part of a group of 16 that were found within a few feet of one another at the Matador Wildlife Management Area, in Paducah, TX.

Texas horned lizards dig an underground chamber in which they lay their eggs. The female then covers the chamber with soil and departs. Clutches can range from 6-40 eggs. After about 49 days, the hatchlings emerge and must fend for themselves. Adult female horned lizards can lay 1-3 clutches per year. In the Rolling Plains, the first round of hatchlings typically begin to emerge in early July.

(via: Matador Wildlife Management Area - TX Parks & Wildlife)

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