The Arizona striped whiptail is specifically found in the Southern Graham County and the Northern Cochise County in Arizona, USA.
They dwell within the semi-desert grassland and the Chihuahuan Desertscrub communities, inhabiting low valleys and sandy flatlands. They are ground-dwelling species that are primarily active during the day. It is often seen foraging or basking in the mid-morning sun but they hibernate during winter or late fall. It forages by rooting in organic matter under trees and other surface debris, feeding on a variety of insects, spiders, centipedes, and small lizards. They mate during spring and lay one or two clutches of eggs in spring or summer. The Clutch size ranges from 1-3 eggs.
It is a small and slim species of 72mm, having a brown or dark reddish-brown ground color, with a long, slim, bright blue tail and a pointed snout. It has 7 light yellow stripes on the body with an incomplete or narrow mid-dorsal stripe on some species. One distinguishing feature of the Arizona striped whiptail is its pale blue face, feet, and undersides, and also the absence of spots on the dorsum. While Its body scales are small and granular, the tail scales are large, keeled, and rectangular. The scales on top of its head are plate-like, large, and smooth. The only difference between the tail scales and the belly scales is that the latter is smooth.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians