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Trans-Pecos striped whiptail

Trans-Pecos striped whiptail
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Cnemidophorus
Species: C. inornatus
Subspecies: C. i. heptagrammus
Trinomial name
Cnemidophorus inornatus heptagrammus

Aspidoscelis inornata heptagramma
Reeder, 2002

The Trans-Pecos striped whiptail (Cnemidophorus inornatus heptagrammus) is a subspecies of the little striped whiptail (Cnemidophorus inornatus) lizard. It is found in the semiarid, sandy habitats of the Chihuahuan Desert, in the United States from West Texas across southern New Mexico to Arizona, as well as northern Mexico. It is sometimes referred to as the Arizona striped whiptail or seven-striped whiptail.


The Trans-Pecos spotted whiptail is gray or black in color, with six to eight yellow or white stripes which run along the body from head to tail. Unlike other species of whiptail lizards, they have no spotting between their stripes. Their undersides are white or pale blue in color, and often they have light blue on the sides of their heads and tails. They are thin-bodied, and have a tail that is typically almost three times the length of their bodies.


Like most species of whiptail lizard, Trans-Pecos spotted whiptails are diurnal and insectivorous.


  • Cnemidophorus inornatus heptagrammusHerps of Texas:
  • Cnemidophorus inornatus heptagrammusNew Mexico Game & Fish Species Account:

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