Gila/Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Juvenile) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Gila/Sonoran Spotted Whiptail (Juvenile) by 

Taken in Tucson,Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Gila/Sonoran (Depending on where they are seen, I believe this is the Gila but that is just a hunch nothing more) is slim, medium-sized, brown to black lizard with a long olive-brown to blue-brown tail and six yellow stripes. Distinguished by striping on neck. Relatively few light spots on the body, and usually two enlarged Preanals.

Actively forages during the day in canyons, riparian corridors, and on slopes in communities ranging from Semi-desert grasslands to Petran Montane Conifer Forest. Often seen mid-morning in sunny areas along the banks of creeks and rivers. Eats insects and spiders.

Lays 2-6 eggs in June or July. An asexual, all-female lineage, in which hatchlings are clones of the mother.


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  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Isn’t he a neat little critter? Glad to see it! Are they hard to shoot? What is that stuff around him Kim?

  • LOL, mesquite beans and such. This little guy was no bigger than my finger, just a hatchling! Thank you Lee-Anne!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture. Very sharp. Hard to capture they move quickly…Hugs…Tom

  • That they do, thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchabout 4 years ago

    Awesome little shot DH

  • LOL, thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Well caught!
    Love those stripes :)

  • Thank you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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