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Western Whiptail
(Cnemidophorus tigris)

The Western Whiptail is a fast moving, medium sized lizard with a very long, slender tail. This lizard is found in open desert to semi-arid habitats from Oregon and Idaho south into Baja California, from below sea level to 7,000 feet in elevation. There are 5 races of Western Whiptail. The local race is the Coastal Whiptail (C. t. stejnegeri).

Status: Coastal Whiptail (C. t. stejnegeri) is a California Species of Special Concern
Habitat: Open desert and semi-arid habitats
Diet: Invertebrates and lizards
Breeding Season: April through August
Typical number of eggs per clutch: 1-4
Adult mean* snout-vent length: 8.2 cm
Adult active period on the Preserve: May through mid October
Hatchling mean* snout-vent length: 4.4 cm
Hatchling active period on the Preserve: July through mid October (see graph)

*mean measurement of individuals captured in the San Bernardino Valley by Museum researchers


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