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Zebra-tailed Lizard

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

Artist's Description

Zebra-tailed Lizard
Marana, AZ Canon Powershot SX40HS, August 2013
A medium-sized lizard with a flattened tail and long thin limbs. Dark tail bands become black ventrally, where they starkly contrast the white background. Body is yellow-tan with two dark side bars extending up from the belly just behind the forelimbs. On males, the bars extend onto the belly where they are surrounded by blue patches. On females, the bars are faint or absent and the belly lacks blue patches. External ear openings and forward position of side bars distinguish it from from the similar Greater Earless Lizard.
Ground dweller found in the flat lands and broad, sandy washes within Sonoran, Mohave and Chihuahuan desert scrub. Flees from predators with explosive bursts of speed with its tail curled up over its back. Between burst, they will wave exposing the zebra pattern under the tail. Almost always diurnal, eating insects, spiders and small lizards, Mates in the Spring hatching one or more clutches of 1-15 eggs laid in the Summer.

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