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New Mexico Whiptail1 locationReptile/Amphibian
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May 27 2012
Grotto Trail
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May 27 2012
Grotto Trail
TypeReptile/Amphibian
FamilyTeiidae - Whiptail Lizards
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Aspidoscelis (Cnemidophorus) neomexicana

Common Names:Whiptail Lizard
Habitat:Sandy Washes, Arroyos and River bottoms. This Lizard was originally only found in New Mexico, but has been introduced into Petrified Forest in Arizona, and areas in Utah.
Description:Slim, brown to black lizard with 7 yellow or cream stripes. Mid dorsal stripe is wavy. Lizard also may have numerous light colored spots. Tail is long and thin and is tipped blue or gray/green. Juveniles tails are bright blue.
Comments:This Lizard is Parthenogenetic, meaning that all of this Species of Lizard are females. Eggs laid are unfertilized and hatchlings are clones of the mother.

Sources: Audubon Online Guides, Reptiles and Amphibians of AZ, State of Utah Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Resources.
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