Springbok 'pronk' display : South Africa's national animal . . The leaping trot is important at 2 distinct moments in his life . (1) to display his supreme fitness to a predator (2) during the hormone-charged excitement of the mating-season the highest leapers win mating rights with the females . The females watch and take note whether it's a predator display or a sexual dance .
Texas designated the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), the official state reptile in 1993. Horned lizards can have an intimidating appearance but are docile and gentle in nature. When a horned lizard feels threatened, it flattens and freezes in place, trying to blend with the ground. Texas now lists this unique animal as threatened.