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Zebratail Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)
zebratail lizardDESCRIPTION: L=8" (20cm) including tail. Overall tan to brown with whitish to yellowish spots (sides often yellowish). Head is wedge-shaped. Scales are fine and smooth. External ear openings present, two dark bars on side of body are at or in front of midbody, and tail has black and white bars on upper and lower surface (compare to earless lizards).
NATURAL HISTORY: Carnivorous, eating mostly arthropods but occasionlly other lizards. Diurnal. Lays eggs. Often curls its tail upward (revealing bold black and white barring) and waves it before running. Also holds tail up when running. Curling the tail up may cause predators to attack their tail (which comes off -- called tail autotomy) and allow the lizard to escape.

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zebratail lizard


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