last updated 2/8/08
The information listed on these pages is only to be used as a brief guideline. It should not be taken in lieu of the actual regulations, which can change periodically as the conservation status of HL species are updated. Please take time to research all of the applicable regulations in your state or country before venturing out. In general, horned lizard "take" is controlled by state Game & Fish regulations. Federal regulations can also come into play. For instance the Lacey act basically says that if an animal is captured illegaly, it can not be transported, sold, traded, or otherwise distributed legally. It is contraban. You may be able to capture an animal legally in one state, but your home state may prohibit that same animal in captivity. Usually, if animals are not native to your state then they are not regulated by your state, except your state may ban some or all exotic (non-native) animals from captive care. If in doubt, call the Fish & Game in the state you plan to collect in, and also the state you live in and tell them your plans.
Game and Fish
In this PDF File, you will find the regulations for Horned Lizards in the state of Arizona, such as:
- The Flat Tail Horned Lizard (P. mcallii ) is fully protected and cannot be taken without a scientific study permit.This includes California & Arizona.
- Texas Horned Lizards may be taken up to a total of four in possession. They may be exported (this means that you are allowed to take them across state lines), but they can't be legally exported to states that prohibit keeping them in captivity.
- Regal Horned Lizards (P. Solare) may be taken up to a total of four in possession. They may be exported.
- Round Tail HLs (Modestum) may be taken up to a total of four in possession. These lizards may be exported.
- Desert Horned Lizards (Platyrhinos) may be taken up to a total of four in possession. They may be exported.
- Short Horned Lizards (Hernandesi) may be taken up to a total of four in possession. They may be exported.
The Links above further and correspond to the brief summary of information listed here:
For more information regarding California Laws, check the Reptile section in the Fishing
- In Oklahoma, Texas Horned Lizards are considered endangered
and are both protected. They can not be kept without permits
usually issued for scientific study.
- In Texas, Short-Horned and Texas Horned Lizards are considered endangered
and are both protected. They can not be kept without permits for scientific study.
- To learn about Utah Laws, information can be found in the "Hunting and Fishing Proclomation" area located in the Licenses section. Scroll down to "Collection, Importation & Possession of Amphibians & Reptiles".