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Local 'lizard watch' wraps up

One of the horned lizards on which data was collected and sent to Texas Parks & Wildlife. One of the horned lizards on which data was collected and sent to Texas Parks & Wildlife. El Camino Real Master Naturalists have wrapped up their participation in the Texas Horned Lizard Watch, a program sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Committee Chair Lucy Coward said her group discovered many lizards in the Rockdale area.

"We saw mostly 'ant lions,' which we know as doodle bugs, and very few red ants which is the horned lizard's main food source," Coward said. We came to believe that the lizards are adapting their diet to the ant lions in place of red ants."

Information collected will be sent to TPW to be put into a database. Lizard Watch takes place during summer months when the lizards are most active. In September and October, the lizards begin preparation for their winter hibernation, Coward said.

"Lizards come out during the early morning for sun and bugs and they are out and about until the heat of the day when they either go back under the dirt or find a shady area," she said. "Once it cools down, they come back out to feed again."

Lizards that were found ranged in size from a baby to an adult. The baby horned lizard was about the size of a new dollar coin, she said.

"I'd like to thank all that helped during this year's Horned Lizard Watch," Coward said. "Without our team, we would not have had a good year."


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