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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On males the belly bars are surrounded by patches of blue and sometimes yellow and orange. Zebra-tailed lizards are very tolerant of extreme heat. Tanner and Krogh, Zebra-tail lizards hibernate twice during the year. However, those found in the species account and habitat sections may be used for any noncommercial scientific, educational, or conservation purposes provided that photographs draconodes not altered and continue to bear the copyright symbol and name of the photographer.
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Their geographic range includes the Mojave, Great Basin, and Colorado deserts. As an insectivore, Callisaurus draconoides is valued because it helps controls insect pest populations.
On a late spring day in Kern County I followed this zebra-tailed lizard around its sandy wash habitat. Males have two dark calisaurus and develop a patch of blue-green coloring on the sides of the mid belly, which is visible when viewed from the side, during the breeding season. Diagnoses of twenty-three new species and a new genus of lizards from Lower California. Herpetological Natural History 3 2: Genetic differentiation among populations of the zebratail lizard, Callisaurus draconoides Sauria: Click on a picture for a larger view.
The external ear openings and forward position of its side bars distinguish this lizard from the similar looking Greater Earless Lizard. Attenborough, ; Behler, ; Cochran and Goin, ; Ditmars, ; Mattison, ; Smith, As a desert species, zebra-tailed lizards tolerate considerable variability in temperatures and rainfall.
Males also have sky blue to navy blue patches on both craconoides of the belly; these give way to two diagonal black bars that fade into brown on the sides of the body. Van Devender, Robert L. Find more photos by Google images search: Schoenherr points out that the zebra-tailed lizard is one of the few species where the female shown here, identifiable by the lack of side stripes displays breeding colors.
This most likely indicates that there are no serious conservation concerns for the animal. But she still exhibits the flight behavior typical of this species – wagging her striped tail as a distraction from her body, and even doing a push-up display warning me not to come any closer. Most growth occurs between April, May, and June. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert.
Lizards of the American Southwest: I assumed it must be a banded geckosince that was the only nocturnal lizard found in the area. The amphibians and reptiles of Sinaloa, Mexico.
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Mojave Desert: A review of the herpetology of Lower California. Center for North American Herpetology, 48 pp. Discordance between mtDNA and allozyme drsconoides in the zebra-tailed lizard Callisaurus draconoides. Next came the slightly larger Zebra-tailed Lizards, and a little later still, the one, the mighty, Super Spiny Lizard.
Modulated but conserved segmental growth of the original tail in Callisaurus draconoides Phrynosomatidae and Calotes versicolor Agamidae. Draconoidez of the genus Callisaurus feed on a variety of prey from insectssuch as mothsants and beesas well as spiders and other smaller lizards.
Flatlands within the Sonoran Desertscrub, Mohave Desertscrub, and Chihuahuan Desertscrub communities are favored haunts for this lizard. The body scales are small and granular.
The bond formed between males and a particular female may be strong or weak. The tail is marked with gray-brown bands that become black on the underside where they sharply contrast with the white background. Tweet Please submit feedback about this entry to the caplisaurus. Negative There are no known adverse effects of Callisaurus draconoides on humans. Cochran and by Coleman J. Johns Hopkins University Press. This likely helps C.
They have an odd habit of curling their tail over their back, thus revealing the striping, and then waving it slowly from side to side. The diet of zebra-tailed lizards varies seasonally and regionally. Eifler and Eifler, ; Ord, et al. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: First there were the usual batch of Side-blotched Lizards and the similarly small Ornate Tree Lizards.
Ventral scales are large, smooth, and flat.