Lizards, of the type variably called horned lizards, horned toads, or horny toads [that's how I've always heard it!] were out sunning when MOH and I stopped at our central Nevada hiking spot while traversing Highway 50 the other day.
I photographed two, though there were others I missed. This one was first resting in a spot on the trail to the Cold Springs Pony Express Station. As soon as we approached, it ran off to blend into the shadows under a sagebrush.
Horned toads are of the species Phrynosoma; this one, with three large horns at the back of its head, is probably a Phrynosoma platyrhinos.
He(?) kept one eye on me almost all the time. After hiding under the bush, he ran out into the middle of a relatively unvegetated area (dirt) and froze, flattening his body against the ground as a way of hiding in plain view. He was difficult, indeed, to follow on the viewscreen of my camera.
One last view before our horny toad runs under another bush.
And here's a small horned lizard - I think this is the same kind as above, but a youngster!
Horned lizards have their very own conservation society: Phrynosoma.Org.
This post is an entry in the Carnival of the Arid #4, hosted by Chris Clarke at Coyote Crossing.