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Whiptail


Whiptail

Whiptail lizards have long bodies, pointed snouts, and very long, slender, whip-like tails. They can grow up to six inches in length and live in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. Some species are spotted, while others are striped. Whiptails are constantly in motion. They also are very fast, achieving speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. They are capable of running upright and can defend themselves by whipping predators with their tails. A whiptails tail can also break off when grasped. The separated tail will wriggle violently, confusing the enemy while also giving the lizard time to escape. Whiptails eat beetles, scorpions, spiders, termites, and other insects.

There are forty-five species of whiptails. They are in the family Cnemidophoru. In fifteen of these species there are no male lizards. The females reproduce offspring from non-fertilized eggs. These clones are identical to the mother. This type of birth is called parthenogenesis.

 

   
   
 

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