Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes


Here’s a young regal horned lizard (Phrynosoma solare) just after squirting me, my phone, and my camera with blood from its eyes. They do this to scare off mamilian predators, which I guess means me. I must admit it worked, as unlike the a bite from the little guy, it got me to put him down to wipe the stuff off my glasses. If coyotes wore glasses, this defense would be air-tight.

Phrynosoma solare
Phrynosoma solare

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4 Responses to “Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww”

  1. ~ekim says:

    oh dam blood from there eyes that’s awesome

  2. BG says:

    So it his photoshop work !

  3. Bryan says:

    No photoshop work here, that’s the real deal.

  4. kyle steed says:

    This is too cool for school. I can’t believe God would make such a creature. But I’m impressed nonetheless. Thanks for sharing. I just found your site today and have really enjoyed all the pictures. I am not the biggest fan of snakes (as is the case with most people) but I like seeing them through your eyes. Keep up the good work.

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