I don't know why the short-horned lizard garnered more legislative support than the rattlesnake, bull snake, or other scaly creatures. Perhaps the short-horned lizard's means of self-defense--camouflage, puffing themselves up with air to three times their size, and squirting noxious blood from their eyes--helped to make it one of the "coolest" of the cold-bloods.
This little short-horned guy must not have felt threatened by me because I didn't get to witness any puffing or eye-squirting theatrics.
"Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you'll get the wind knocked out of you." --Matthew 23:11 (MSG)