Assessor(s): Hammerson, G.A., Frost, D.R. & Gadsden, H. Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team). ZEBRA-TAILED LIZARD Callisaurus draconoides. DESCRIPTION: A medium- sized (up to mm or 4″ from snout to vent), tan to yellowish tan lizard with long, . Adult male, Kern County. Western Zebra-tailed Lizard. Breeding adult female, Kern County. Western Zebra-tailed Lizard. Adult female, Kern County, Adult female.

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Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum Natural History. When zebra-tailed lizards detect a potential predator, they display the terminal portion of their tail, exposing the vivid black and white stripes while moving the tail in a vibrating motion.

Standardized criteria for the recognition of embryonic nutritional patterns in squamate reptiles.

Callisaurus draconoides typically lives for 3 to 4 years in the wild, and adults rarely live past 3 years of age.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Hatchlings are born with an “egg-tooth” – a tooth-like structure on their nose used to slice through the egg, which is lost shortly after hatching.

It is abundant and maintains stable populations. Tanner and Krogh, This page was last edited on 6 Septemberat Iguana Rundschreiben 15 2: Collins, and Errol D. On males the belly bars are surrounded by patches of blue and sometimes yellow and orange.

Zebra-tailed lizards are polygynous. Eifler and Eifler, ; Hasson, et al. Males and females both raise their tails when threatened by potential predators; however evidence suggests that males perform tail displays more often. Gray or light brown above with light spots and paired dark blotches, which are more distinct on females.


Houghton Mifflin, Boston Stejneger, L. During the hottest times of day, lizards may stand alternately on two legs, switching to the opposite two as needed in a kind of dance. Zebra-tailed lizards eat many different types of insect larvae, as well as leaves and flowers found throughout their geographic range.

Zebra-tailed lizard

After speeding away, this lizard sometimes stops far ahead in the open, but it will also run to the far side of a bush, out of view, or into a bush or burrow for protection. In areas of creosote scrub this lizard draaconoides to reach highest densities, around 4. This is because sand does not hold water well so little is available to plants.

Hatchlings range in size from 28 mm to 32 mm. Lizards of the American Southwest: Like most lizards callisaurhs, Callisaurus draconoides provides little parental care to offspring.

Zebra-tailed lizard – Wikipedia

The bright, vivid colors of its tail are only seen on the ventral surface. A medium-sized up to mm or 4″ from snout to venttan to yellowish tan lizard with long, slender limbs and a flattened tail. The appearance of juveniles also differs from that of adults. Canadian Journal of Zoology Breeding season Zebra-tailed lizards breed from May to Draconoidrs.

Belly markings also differ among these groups, with fringe-toed lizards having a single large blotched marking on the belly.

Zebra-tailed Lizards, genus Callisauruscallisauru smooth granular scales above. CNAR cited as Inst.

Western Zebra-tailed Lizard – Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus

Pianka and Parker, ; Vitt and Ohmart, However, because of high desert temperatures, zebra-tailed lizards only move when defending their territories, chasing prey, or evading predators. Nine subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies. Attenborough, ; Behler, ; Cochran and Goin, ; Ditmars, ; Mattison, ; Smith, As a desert species, zebra-tailed lizards tolerate considerable variability in temperatures and rainfall.


Some lizards from the Great Basin of the West and adjacent areas, with comments on the status of various forms. Little is known about zebra-tailed lizards in captivity; however, closely related fringed-toed lizards reportedly live up to 8 years in captivity. North American Fauna, No.

Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes. Draconoide insectivores, this species may help control insect pest populations.

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As we walked our dogs in the morning around the immense Coyote Howls campground, the local lizards began to come out for their morning basks. A photographic field guide. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 6: Next came the slightly larger Zebra-tailed Lizards, and a little ca,lisaurus still, the one, the mighty, Super Spiny Lizard.

To do this, they perch themselves in an exposed area and perform a series of head bobs and push-ups. Females are slightly draconoiides, typically ranging from 65 mm to 75 mm.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press. Color adaptation in desert reptiles and its thermal relationships.

Zebra-tailed lizards are very tolerant of extreme heat. Correlates of average daily metabolism of field active zebra-tailed lizard Callisaurus draconoides. Zebra-tailed lizards are native to the Nearctic region, occurring throughout the deserts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Jones, Lawrence, Rob Lovich, editors.

Behler, ; Cochran and Goin, ; Ditmars,

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