Thursday, June 9, 2011

CA whiptail ~ 06/09/11 ~ Pinnacles



California whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris munda

What a pretty lizard. I can't believe how fast they can move with that incredibly long tail that seems to follow the side to side body movement, just like a whip. One individual we saw must have been over a foot long from head to tail tip. Note the different patterns on these two individuals.

3 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Lizards are all over the place in my Annadel State Park. One really has to watch where they step while on the trail hiking or running. It is even worse riding a bike. They seem to have suicidal tendencies. Hitting one would really ruin my day not to mention his. So far, no casualties.

Cindy said...

"One individual we saw: . . . you saw more than one in a day. Wow! They must like you.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

JL, lizards do seem to prefer sunning themselves on trails... but that's usually where I can spot them, too.

Cindy, it was a very warm day and we saw 5 CA whiptails of various sizes and markings.