Ranges through central and southeastern Arizona into southwestern New Mexico.
Often found in open, sunny riparian areas in woodland, chaparral, or grassland habitats. Likes to forage through leaf litter under ground vegetation.
A mid-sized lizard averaging 4 inches from snout to vent. Like all whiptails, it has a pointed face with plate-like scales on the head. Its body scales are granular and tail scales are sharply keeled. It has 6 light lines running longitudinally from the back of the neck to the base of the tail on a dark background. With age, a few faint spots develop between the lines, but the tail remains an unmarked tan or rusty color. The ventrum is pale and unmarked.
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