When spiny skin isn't enough, the horned lizard repels predators with a truly bizarre tactic: squirting a stream of blood out of its eye more. When spiny skin isn't enough, the horned lizard repels predators with a truly bizarre tactic: squirting a stream of blood out of its eye. The horned lizard. Its known aliases include the horned frog and the horny toad, but it's no amphibian, just a one-reptile wrecking crew with a bizarre self-defense strategy. We'll get to that in a second. It eats mostly harvester ants, but it doesn't have any fancy hunting methods.
If it has to, a horned lizard can shoot blood from its eyes
Horned lizard - Wikipedia
Lost your password? North American desert horned lizards have a wide range of predators within their habitat. One unusual defense mechanism involves the flooding of their ocular sinuses, tissues found below their eye, with blood. When a horned lizard feels threatened by a predator, its final defense response is to shoot blood from these flooded sinuses and out its eye sockets. As a result, the predator is often frightened and flees. The lizard also uses this mechanism to remove foreign particles from the surface of its eyes. The horned lizard has two constricting muscles that line the major veins around its eye.
Almost everything will try to eat horned lizards, from coyotes to carnivorous mice. In response they have evolved an arsenal of defences. A horned lizard sits motionless in the desert sun, eyeing a young coyote skulking nearby.
Horned lizards Phrynosoma , also known as horny toads or horntoads , are a genus of North American lizards and the type genus of the family Phrynosomatidae. The common names refer directly to their flattened, rounded bodies and blunt snouts. The genus name Phrynosoma means "toad-bodied".