Western Whiptail

Aspidoscelis tigris

Summary 2

The western whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris ) is a small lizard (adults average 25 to 35 cm - about a foot - in length) that ranges throughout most of the southwestern United States. Most of its populations appear stable, and is not listed as endangered in any of the states comprising its range. It lives in a wide variety of habitats, including deserts and semiarid shrubland, usually in areas with sparse vegetation; also woodland, open dry forest, and...

Cyclicity 3

Comments: Activity occurs in warm daylight hours. Adults are active mainly April-September in the north. Juveniles have a longer activity season and may be active earlier in spring and later in summer and (in the southern part of the range) on warm days in winter. In Texas, juveniles emerge in spring prior to adults; adults inactive by early September (Hendricks and Dixon 1984).

Hastings NHR Notes 4

Known from the reserve, the first whiptails were vouchered in 1947 by Alden Miller, although he does not specify where he found the lizards.

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  1. (c) Franco Folini, some rights reserved (CC BY), http://www.flickr.com/photos/78425154@N00/172914206
  2. Adapted by Michelle S. Koo from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspidoscelis_tigris
  3. (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://eol.org/data_objects/28891804
  4. (c) Michelle S. Koo, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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Taxonomy:family Teiidae
Iucn status Least_Concern