Spot-tailed earless lizards hatched!

Spot-tailed earless lizards hatched!

It has been a successful year for the breeding of the Texas native spot-tailed earless lizard, specifically subspecies plateau earless lizards (Holbrookia lacerata lacerate) and southern earless lizards (Holbrookia lacerate subcaudalis). While not endangered, spot-tailed earless lizard populations have been declining in Texas since the 1970s and are only found in a small fraction of areas throughout their historic range. The greatest threat to the species’ survival is the use of herbicides and insecticides and also habitat alteration and the introduction of fire ants. These lizards are part of a breeding and reintroduction conservation program that began in 2013 and they will eventually be released into their historic habitat.  

Posted by Avery Elander at 5:36 PM