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Book News Annotation:

Manaster (a freelance writer and historian) illuminates the biology and cultural significance of the once-plentiful horned lizard in the Western United States, drawing attention to its threatened status and its historical importance to ancient cultures of the Southwest. Writing for a general audience, Manaster describes the "horny toads'" history, behavior, range, and shrinking habitat. The story of the little lizards is enlivened with poetry, historical anecdotes, and color photographs. This reprint includes a new afterword; the original was published in 1997. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Horned lizards, or horny toads, as they are popularly known throughout the West, have long had a particular mystique in American folklore. The ancient peoples of the Southwest, the Anasazi and the Mimbres, depicted the little lizard on pottery and in petroglyphs. In more recent times, it represented health and happiness in the symbology of Native Americans. Among Americans today, the horny toad has an almost legendary appeal. Many westerners remember times when the lizards were plentiful and children kept them on string leashes or in boxes as pets. Dried horned lizards were sold in the roadside curio shops along the nations major highways. More recently, as the lizards habitat has shrunk and as imported fire ants have supplanted their favored prey, the numbers of horned lizards have declined drastically. In many regions where the little creatures once abounded, they are no longer seen. In Texas, two of the three native species, the Texas horned lizard and the mountain short-horned lizard, are now designated as threatened. Jane Manaster has written this book for a general audience, but she discusses all aspects of the lizards biology as well as the horned lizards place in the culture of the West. Most of all, she has written it to attract attention to this little animal that deserves our respect and protection.

About the Author

A freelance writer and geographer, Jane Manaster lives in Austin, Texas. She is the author of several works, including Horned Lizards (TTUP, 2002) and Pecans (2009).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896724952
Author:
Manaster, Jane
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Location:
Lubbock
Subject:
Reptiles & Amphibians
Subject:
Horned toads
Subject:
Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Subject:
Nature Studies-Reptiles and Amphibians
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
IG 13a
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
94
Dimensions:
8.56x4.84x.28 in. .36 lbs.

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Horned lizards, or horny toads, as they are popularly known throughout the West, have long had a particular mystique in American folklore. The ancient peoples of the Southwest, the Anasazi and the Mimbres, depicted the little lizard on pottery and in petroglyphs. In more recent times, it represented health and happiness in the symbology of Native Americans. Among Americans today, the horny toad has an almost legendary appeal. Many westerners remember times when the lizards were plentiful and children kept them on string leashes or in boxes as pets. Dried horned lizards were sold in the roadside curio shops along the nations major highways. More recently, as the lizards habitat has shrunk and as imported fire ants have supplanted their favored prey, the numbers of horned lizards have declined drastically. In many regions where the little creatures once abounded, they are no longer seen. In Texas, two of the three native species, the Texas horned lizard and the mountain short-horned lizard, are now designated as threatened. Jane Manaster has written this book for a general audience, but she discusses all aspects of the lizards biology as well as the horned lizards place in the culture of the West. Most of all, she has written it to attract attention to this little animal that deserves our respect and protection.
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