Desert Grassland Whiptail

Aspidoscelis uniparens

Scientific Name

Desert Grassland Whiptail:  
Aspidoscelis uniparens

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Central Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico

Natural Habitat

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.


Diversity of Life

Conservation Status

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

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Primarily termites and other small insects by foraging under soil.