Cnemidophorus-Texas Spotted Whiptail

This Texas Spotted Whiptail was filmed in Buescher State Park. The Texas Spotted Whiptail gets its name from its range,  which spans throughout Texas, A fun fact about many of the species in the Genus Cnemidophorus is that an estimated 30 percent of the species that compose the Genus Cnemidophorus are capable of  parthenogenesis. The Texas Spotted Whiptail is not one of the species capable of this form of reproduction, instead opting for sexual reproduction which occurs during April-May. However, known species that are unisexual include the Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail, Checkered Whiptail, Sonoran Spotted Whiptail and the New Mexican Whiptail.

– Jessie Story

One thought on “Cnemidophorus-Texas Spotted Whiptail

  1. Great shots there! I can’t believe how spastic and nervous-acting these guys (er, I mean girls) are just going about their daily routine. I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising; some species in the genus are called “racerunners” after all. Speaking of genus, this one has been largely changed to Aspidoscelis. We used to call them “Cnemis” [nemmys] for short. Now maybe “speedos”?

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