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Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
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Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)

General Description: Sonoran Spotted Whiptails (Aspidoscelis sonorae) are medium-sized lizards with a short body (to 3-1/2-inches snout-vent length), a very long tail (total length to about 12 inches), and a pointed snout. The body is thin, brown to black, and marked with six yellowish stripes. The dark "stripes" are marked with light spots, except that juveniles lack spots.

Taxonomy: Whiptail Lizard Family (Teiidae). Formerly Cnemidophorus sonorae.

Where to Find: Don't look for Sonoran Spotted Whiptails around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in upland habitats (oak-woodland, oak-grassland, riparian woodland, desert scrub, and thorn scrub in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico (southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and south to northeastern Sonora).

Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Older lizard (note many spots)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Young lizard (note few, light spots)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Resting in the shade of a branch
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Heavily spotted lines
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae) Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis sonorae)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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