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Pygmy short-horned lizard
Pygmy short-horned lizards lived in Canada in the Osoyoos and southern Similkameen Valley regions of British Columbia, but have been considered extirpated since 1992, largely because of habitat loss and fragmentation related to agriculture and industrial and urban sprawl. These issues, as well as invasive plant species and free-roaming domestic cats, continue to represent signicant threats to the survival of the species in the northwestern United States. The specimen shown above is one of two caught in Osoyoos in and is housed at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. With files from the Royal BC Museum. Learn more about this artifact and others by visiting royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.