Assessor(s): Hammerson, G.A., Frost, D.R. & Gadsden, H. Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team). ZEBRA-TAILED LIZARD Callisaurus draconoides. DESCRIPTION: A medium- sized (up to mm or 4″ from snout to vent), tan to yellowish tan lizard with long, . Adult male, Kern County. Western Zebra-tailed Lizard. Breeding adult female, Kern County. Western Zebra-tailed Lizard. Adult female, Kern County, Adult female.

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To cite this page: She’s keeping her toes and tail off the hot hot ground. Glossary Nearctic living in the Nearctic callisaurs province, the northern part of the New World.

Deep genealogical history without population differentiation: Hammerson, ; Rand, ; Vitt and Ohmart, ; Zug, callisurus Phoenix, AZ Brennan, T. Zebra-tailed lizards consume a majority of their food in the morning, however, they forage throughout the day as well. In dunes near seas and oceans this is compounded by the influence of salt in the air and soil.

Zebra-tailed lizard

Age affects escape behavior by the zebra-tailed lizard Callisaurus draconoides more strongly than in other lizards. With daytime temperatures in the low ‘s, most of the desert wildlife even most of the lizards were avoiding the direct sunlight. Breeding season Zebra-tailed lizards breed from May to August. The external ear openings and forward position of its side bars distinguish this lizard from calpisaurus similar looking Greater Earless Lizard.


As insectivores, this species may help control insect pest populations. Like many other lizardsC. Attenborough, ; Behler, ; Cochran and Goin, ; Ditmars, ; Mattison, ; Smith, Habitat Regions temperate terrestrial Terrestrial Biomes desert or dune Range elevation 80 to m Dark belly markings are faint or absent on females.

Pianka and Parker, ; Vitt and Ohmart, Primary Diet carnivore insectivore Animal Foods mammals reptiles eggs carrion callisaursu terrestrial non-insect arthropods terrestrial worms Plant Foods leaves flowers Predation Snakes are common predators of zebra-tailed lizards and include red coachwhip snakespine snakesglossy snakeseastern kingsnakeswestern patch-nosed snakesand long-nosed snakes.

Larger lizards such as leopard lizards also feed on zebra-tailed lizards. When threatened by a predator, zebra-tailed lizards hide in a nearby bush or burrow or sprint away, running in a zig-zag pattern and covering draconoidex up to 50 m.

Wild Herps – Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)

Occurrence, distribution and functional significance of taste buds in lizards. Discordance between mtDNA and allozyme divergence in the zebra-tailed lizard Callisaurus draconoides. Hammerson, ; Pianka and Parker, ; Rand, ; Vitt and Ohmart, ; Zug, Key Reproductive Features iteroparous seasonal breeding sexual oviparous Breeding interval Zebra-tailed lizards breed once annually.

On a late spring day in Kern County I followed this zebra-tailed lizard around its sandy wash cwllisaurus. They have an odd habit of curling their tail over their back, thus revealing the striping, and then waving it slowly from side to side.


Females typically exhibit peak reproductive state from May through August. The Zebra-tailed lizard runs with an explosive burst of speed. Views Read Edit View history. Most lizard tails are autonomous, and can be shed or lost without incurring physical injury. Johns Hopkins University Press. Pianka and Parker, ; Vitt and Ohmart, As we walked our dogs in the morning around the immense Coyote Howls campground, the local lizards began to come out for their morning basks.

Accessed December 31, at https: Little is known about craconoides in zebra-tailed lizards. Zebra-tailed lizards are active only during warmer months and hibernate typically from October to April.

Callisaurus draconoides | The Reptile Database

Part I – Reptiles. Common prey includes small invertebrates such as scorpionsfliesantsspiderswormseggs, carrion, and other small vertebrates. Some lizards from the Great Basin of the West and adjacent areas, with comments on the status of various forms. In addition, the tail of C. If no status is listed here, the animal is not included on either CDFW list.

Hatchlings are nearly identical to hatchlings of side-blotched lizardsa related species, and are often mistaken for them.