Completely satisfied Early Christmas to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium! Within the first week of December, they had been gifted with the hatching of Zoo’s first Mexican large horned lizard offspring. They’re the second establishment accredited by The Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums, behind the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, to breed this species.
They’re at present elevating six of those little giants!
The Mexican large horned lizard is endemic to the Pacific Coast of southern Mexico. It’s the largest species of horned lizard, reaching as much as eight inches from snout to tail. Most different horned lizards (generally known as “attractive toads”) within the genus Phrynosoma are ant specialists, requiring them as a big a part of their food plan. These giants have tailored to consuming many different kinds of bugs, and don’t depend on them like their cousins.
The adults may be seen within the Desert Dome’s Rattlesnake Canyon. Their infants are being raised behind the scenes for now, whereas keepers intently monitor their feeding and progress.
Photographs: Matt T., lead reptile keeper – Desert Dome/Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night time