Texas horned lizards are formidable-looking creatures with prominent horns on their head and spines generously scattered over their back and sides. They can even eject blood from their eyes when threatened -- and yet these rare reptiles have no defense against their biggest threat: habitat destruction.
Indeed horned lizards have undergone massive declines in Oklahoma and are rare across their range in the Midwest and Southwest. The loss of these lizards is alarming not only because of their intrinsic value but also because reptiles play important roles as predators and prey in their ecosystems and are valuable indicators of environmental health. That's why the Center petitioned the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in December 2014 to protect the lizard under the state's endangered species law.
More than six months have passed, though, and still no word from the state agency.
July 3, 2015 Action Alert ID# 243
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