Scientists to study rare, blood-shooting lizard in Saskatchewan
Greater Short-horned Lizard can be found in in the province's southwest
Next time you're walking through Saskatchewan's southwest corner, you may be fortunate enough to stumble upon the Canadian version of the iguana also known as Greater Short-horned Lizard.
Biologists from Parks Canada are studying the species and its habitat in the Canadian climate to try to find ways to remove it from the country's "at risk" list.
What makes the reptile unique is its ability to shoot blood from the corner of its eyes for a distance of 1.5 meters.
The short and stubby horns on the small lizard, that measures about six to nine centimetres in length, give it its name.
But Parks Canada said the animal is not easy to spot due to its camouflaged armour. It can sometimes take a nine-hour walk just to find six of them.
The lizard is also found in southeast Alberta.