Arizona Striped Whiptail

BY: ALYSSA DUPREY

INTRODUCTION

Hey all! Today I am going to teach you all a little about myself.  I will discuss who I am, what I look like, where I like to live, what I eat, and how my kind reproduces.  I am excited to be able to share myself with you all.  This is going to be fun.  You will get to see what life would be like if you were an Arizona Striped Whiptail.  I can't wait for you all to walk in my shoes and see how enjoyable and at times hard life can be for my family and I. So there we go... 


WHO AM I? 

People refer to me as the Arizona Striped Lizard.  However, if you want to be technical and formal my name is Aspidpscelis Arizonae.  I was born and raised in Arizona and absolutely love the climate. I am relatively small for my size is roughly 72mm from my head to the end of my tail.  I am actually kind of special considering my family and I are considered near being threaten of extinction.  So there aren't as many of us as people would like there to be.

WHERE DO I LIVE?


I can found habitanting in snady flatland, low valleys, and semidesert grasslands.  My family and I have only lived in the southwest region of the United States.  I only like to live in three areas of arizona consiting of two in southner Graham county and one in cochise county. The major city that my family and I stay are . wilcox, fairbank, and in Whitlock Valley.  You can normally find me sunbathing in the mid morning sun.  My family and I are very active.  However during the winter it gets to cold for our liking so we hibernate during late fall and winter months. 


WHAT DO I EAT?

I love to eat insects, spiders, and small lizards. All of my diet can be found bushes, soil, and lots and lots more.  Organic matter is what I really like to look for my diet.  When it comes to eating we tend to stay very very still and wait for our prey to come to us.    


HOW DO I LOOK?

I am brown to a redish brown tint lizard. Long and slim lizard.  I am kind of a sandy shade so I tend to blend in with the dirt I am running around in.  You can identify me easy becauce my tail is super long and is blue, head and legs are blue tinted too and through out my body I have several yellow strips.  Most of us have seven strips that goes down our body to be exact.    You may be wondering how you can distinguish me from any other lizard...Well the answer is quiet simple I have a tint of blue on my head, feet, and tail.  Also I am the only lizard that has a lack of spots on my body!    




HOW DO I REPRODUCE?

My kind tends to reproduce in the spring sometimes even the summer.  We reproduce by clusters,  usually one of two, of eggs.  These clusters tend to have a range  of one to three eggs.  Because of where we choose to habitat is being threaten its hard for us to survive and reproduce.  So there is a lot less of us then there use to be so the WildEarth Guardians is really pushing to put me on the endangered species list and be protected by the Endangered Species Act. 

FUN FACT ABOUT ME

I am in the kingdom Animala. The phylum Chordata.  Repetilia is the class in which I am categorized in.  I am the Squamata group under order.  I am categorized in the Teiidae group of family.  And last I would be found in the genus group Aspidoscelis.   



ACTIVITY:

Presentations on the Arizona Striped Whhiptail:

Students will present information on what they learned about the Round Tailed Ground Squirrel by any of the following methods: 

Story book 

Power Point

Video

Skit/play 

Photo album

Essay 




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