Gila County, AZ
|GILA SPOTTED WHIPTAIL Aspidoscelis flagellicauda|
DESCRIPTION: A medium-sized (up to 99 mm or 3.9" from snout to vent), slim, brown to black lizard with a long, thin tail, and a slim, pointed snout. The body is marked with six light yellow or cream stripes and relatively few light spots. The light spots are visible between and within the stripes. The tail is olive to blue-brown. The underside is plain and pale. Juveniles lack spots. 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 and the scales on top of the head are large, smooth, and plate-like. The Gila Spotted Whiptail's distinct stripes (particularly on the neck) and relatively spare spotting distinguish it from the similar looking Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail.
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