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Tropical Whiptails (Cnemidophorus)

Created: May 4th, 2014 - 04:27 PM
Last Modified: June 8th, 2014 - 09:46 PM
Entered by: Hawke DeCamp
Record 184332
Country:
United States
State:
Idaho
County:
Twin Falls County
Time:
2014-05-04 12:30:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
--
Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
Desert scrub
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
70.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Clear
Moon Phase:
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Elevation:
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Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

I encountered a single Cnemidophorus Aspidosceli, Western (Great Basin) Whiptail lizard while hiking around balanced rock today. I've never seen one of these before. A guesstimate on his size, he was over 4 inches snout to vent, and his tail was longer than his body, but appeared to have been dropped at some point in the past and had regenerated nicely. He was quite brave, having skittered practically over my boots to get under the shelter of a nearby rock, but then proceeded to come back out and look at me while I stood or sat nearby watching.

Comments

Posted by Jonathan Hakim on Jun 07, 2014 at 05:10 AM

No problem - names change a lot. You can just use the "edit" function on the record and correct it.

Posted by Hawke DeCamp on May 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Thank you. My book is probably at least 15 years old, and the various websites I looked at still had the old name too. No wonder I was confused.

Posted by Jonathan Hakim on May 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The correct genus name now is Aspidoscelis. That's why you weren't able to find the tigris species name. Thanks for adding the record!