Cochise County, AZ
|DESERT GRASSLAND WHIPTAIL Aspidoscelis uniparens|
DESCRIPTION: A small (up to 86 mm or 3.3" from snout to vent), slim, dark brown lizard with a long, thin tail, and a slim, pointed snout. The body is marked with six yellow to cream stripes. Some individuals have a partial seventh stripe on the top of the neck. The tail is a muted blue-gray or olive color. The underside is plain and pale. Some adults have a faint pale-blue tint on the throat and sides of face. Juveniles have a bright blue tail. The scales on the body are small and granular. The scales on the tail are large, keeled, and rectangular. The belly scales are large, smooth, and rectangular. The scales on top of the head are large, smooth, and plate-like. Its lack of spots distinguishes this lizard from many Arizona whiptails. Its relatively muted tail coloration distinguishes it from the similar looking Plateau Striped Whiptail. Its muted tail coloration combined with a lack of blue coloration on the feet and underside distinguish it from the Arizona Striped Whiptail and Pai Striped Whiptail.
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