Sometimes I wake up early in the morning and and I’m a little stiff. It just happens. These things just need to be taken care of at first light and a bit of vigorous calisthenics always seems to do the trick and provide relief.
So there I was, about sunrise, stretching out my back and neck, when I caught something in the periphery of my vision. The blur went swiftly scurrying past my foot and under a nearby bush.
To my delight, it was a horned lizard. It was a first for me to spot this particular variety in in the wild. We have seen all kinds of lizards: some that scamper, some that scurry, one that even stopped and did push ups. Some have long tails, some have short ones, some tails are even broken off (they drop and continue to wiggle to distract a predator). They have ranged in color from brown to gray to green.
That is the extent of my herpetological knowledge, so I do not know if it was a Texas horned lizard or a regal horned lizard. Please don’t call it a horned toad (or a horny toad), it hurts their feelings.