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Western Whiptail

Western whiptail is a species of lizard belonging to the family Teiidae, found in western United States and northern Mexico. There are 16 recognized subspecies of this species. 

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

    Size Up to 30.5 cm (12 in)
    Weight Around 18 g
    Color Light ground color with dark reticulated pattern or dark ground color with light colored spots; light tan, gray or cream stripes on the upper surface with pinkish or orange throats
    Distribution Western United States (Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon); northern Mexico
    Habitat Woodland, riparian areas, chaparral, desert
    Diet Insects, spiders, scorpions, butterflies and moths,  grasshoppers, crickets, beetles
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 4 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 2 months
    Average Lifespan Up to 7.8 years in the wild
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 7th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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