The Horned Lizard has a strange adaptation of being able to shoot blood out of its eyes. The blood streams that shoot out of the Lizard's eyes can be used to scare away its predators. The Horned Lizard's predators include snakes, other lizards, coyotes, mice, cats, hawks, and roadrunners.
The Horned Lizard's Bloody Sight
Horned Lizards Are Not Up To Scale
Here we are in Texas! This is the Horned Lizard. This fascinating creature has many adaptations but today we will be focusing on one rather strange feature. The ability to shoot blood out of your eye! This is the population's Variation. Some Horned Lizards have the ability, and some do not. The red-eyed Horned lizards have the adaptation, and the others do not.
Snakes are one of the many predators of the Horned Lizard. This Horned Lizard sadly does not have the defensive adaptation so its predators can have an easy snack.
This Horned Lizard dies because it did not have the adaptation. This demonstrates the process of Survival of the Fittest because some organisms are more fit to there environment.
Ah! Here is one Horned Lizard that does have the ability to shoot blood out of its eyes! As you can see, the bloodstreams are frightening the Snakes and driving them off.
The Horned Lizards that have the adaptation of shooting blood out of their eyes have a better chance of surviving. These Horned Lizards reproduce with other Horned Lizards and have offspring that also have the trait along with their parent's genes. This shows the process of Survival of the Fittest.
The population of Horned Lizards 100 years later is now all able to shoot blood out of their eyes. This is the process of Evolution.