Plateau spotted whiptail

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Plateau spotted whiptail
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Cnemidophorus
Species: C. septemvittatus
Binomial name
Cnemidophorus septemvittatus
Cope, 1892

Cnemidophorus sackii semifasciatus
Smith & Taylor, 1950
Cnemidophorus gularis septemvittatus
Maslin & Secoy, 1986
Aspidoscelis gularis septemvittata
Reeder, 2002

The Plateau spotted whiptail (Cnemidophorus septemvittatus) is a species of lizard found in the southern United States in Texas, and in northern Mexico in Chihuahua and Coahuila. It is known to hybridize with the Eastern Spotted Whiptail, Cnemidophorus gularis, but is considered to be a distinct species due to phenotypic characteristics.


The Plateau spotted whiptail grows from 8 to 12.5 inches. It has an overall dark green, dark brown or black coloration with 6-7 cream colored stripes that run down the body from head to tail, sometimes with white spotting between stripes. Their underside is typically white or pale blue, and females often have an orange throat. They have a slender body, with a tail that is nearly three times their body length.


Like other species of whiptail lizard, the Plateau spotted whiptail is diurnal and insectivorous. They are wary, energetic, and fast moving, darting for cover if approached. It is found primarily in semi-arid canyonlands and rocky desert foothills. Breeding takes place in the spring, with females laying eggs in the mid summer, which hatch six to eight weeks later.


  1. ^ G. A. Hammerson & P. Lavin (2008). "Aspidoscelis septemvittata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved January 29, 2010.