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Pygmy short-horned lizard

Canadian Geographic - - UNESCO -

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 ‚ƒ„ƒ 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.

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