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Make a Texas Horned Lizard

torn paper Spike, the horned lizard

"Spike" the Horned Lizard

The Texas horned lizard is a reptile that likes to bask in the sun during morning hours but seeks the shade in the hot hours of the afternoon. It is a fierce looking creature that is covered with horns or spikes, including two long spikes on its head. It is brownish in color. An interesting defense this reptile has is to puff out its body, hiss, and squirt blood from its eyes to scare away predators!



  1. Have students tear one 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of brown construction paper into one inch "ragged" pieces.
  2. Glue torn pieces in a mosaic fashion inside the outline of the horned lizard, choosing two "sharp, pointy" pieces for the two prominent spikes on the head of the lizard.
  3. Draw eyes and/or sunglasses like the TPWD mascot “Spike” (Optional: Use "wiggly" craft eyes and/or fashion sunglasses out of black pipe cleaners.)