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Orange-Throated Whiptail

Orange-throated whiptail is a species of lizard found in the United States and Mexico. The species is diurnal. The lizard has a unique jerking gait.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Teiidae
    Genus Aspidoscelis
    Scientific Name Aspidoscelis hyperythra


    Size 5–7.2 cm (2.0–2.8 in)
    Color Black, brown, or gray  upper surface with five or six light-colored stripes; whitish-yellow or cream underside; throat is orange (females and juveniles may lack it) while the head is yellow-brown to olive
    Distribution United States (southern California), Mexico (Baja California and Baja California Sur)
    Habitat Areas with coarse soil in open coastal sage scrub vegetation, open chaparral, along edges of open, dry, riparian areas, along trails, rocky hillsides bordering arroyos, lower slopes of foothills
    Diet Variety of small arthropods particularly termites
    Predators Snakes, predatory birds, raccoons, skunks
    Breeding Season Spring and summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 2 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 2 months
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 6th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 7th July 2018.

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