The Rio Grande Whiptail Lizard

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Our State Reptile is the Rio Grande or New Mexico Whiptail Lizard (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus). New Mexico Whiptail lizards are found primarily in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley. They actively forage by rooting around in organic matter under bushes and digging in the soil around the bases of rocks, and other surface debris. Prey consists of termites, beetles, moths, grasshoppers, ants, and a variety of other insects and insect larvae.They are extremely active, constantly moving, and often running upright on their hind legs. Their speed and alertness enable them to outwit predators including Gila monsters, thrashers, roadrunners, and snakes. They are good climbers. They are parthogenic i.e. eggs hatch without fertilization and offspring are genetic replicas of the mother. (Source:


About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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