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Holbrookia lacerata subcaudalis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Suborder  Lacertilia
Genus  Holbrookia
Higher classification  Holbrookia lacerata
Order  Scaled reptiles
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Family  Phrynosomatidae
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Subspecies
Scientific name  Holbrookia lacerata subcaudalis
Similar  Holbrookia lacerata, Holbrookia, Scaled reptiles, Holbrookia propinqua, Crotaphytus reticulatus

Holbrookia lacerata subcaudalis, commonly known as the southern spot-tailed earless lizard, is a subspecies of Holbrookia lacerata, the spot-tailed earless lizard. Some sources consider it to be its own species, as Holbrookia subcaudalis.

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Geographic range

It is found in northern Mexico and the United States in southern Texas.

Description

The southern spot-tailed earless lizard is overall light grayish tan in color, with two paravertebral rows of transverse light-edged dark blotches, one row down either side of the back and a second lateral row of dark, pale-edged blotches that are usually not connected to the paravertebral blotches. Adults are 11.5–15.4 cm (4.5–6.1 in) in total length. They have round, dark spots on the ventral surface of the tail, a characteristic which gives them both their common and scientific names. As with all species and subspecies of earless lizard, they have no external ear openings. When gravid, females will often turn greenish yellow on neck and trunk.

Behavior

As with all earless lizards, the southern spot-tailed earless lizard is diurnal and insectivorous.

Habitat

Their preferred habitat is subhumid agricultural and nonagricultral flatlands and very low rolling hills with sparse vegetation such as small patches of grass on dark clay loam soils, with a few mesquite trees mesquite, but not prickly pear cactus.

Reproduction

They are oviparous.

References

Holbrookia lacerata subcaudalis Wikipedia


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