Desert Grassland Whiptail

Aspidoscelis Uniparens

Scientific Name

Desert Grassland Whiptail:  
Aspidoscelis Uniparens

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Indigenous to central Arizona and more specifically the Mogollon Rim, Desert grassland whiptail can be found at elevations of 3,000 – 6,500 ft above sea level

Natural Habitat

Desert grassland whiptail inhabits most desert and semi-desert grasslands

Physical Characteristics

  • This slim, small and dark brown lizard can be easily identified by their distinct 6 yellow/cream stripes on the body.

Quick Facts

  1. This species is all female, reproducing through a process known as parthenogenesis.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Desert Grassland Whiptail is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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The Desert grassland whiptail consumes primarily termites and other small insects by foraging under soil.