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Texas Spotted Whiptail

Texas spotted whiptail is a species of lizard native to southern United States and northern Mexico. The species is known to be highly active and diurnal. According to some sources, there are six subspecies of this species.

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

    Size 6.5 to 11 in (17 to 28 cm)
    Color Tan brown or green-brown with a pattern of seven prominent gray or white stripes running along the length of the body ending at tail; light colored spots along the flanks; uniformly white underside; males often have red throat, blue belly and blue or black patches on the chest while females have pink throat
    Distribution Southern United States (Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma), northern Mexico
    Habitat Grassland, semi-arid regions, canyons, rocky terrain not far from a permanent water source
    Diet Termites, caterpillars, large insects
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 5 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 14th June 2019.

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