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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Reptiles
Cnemidophorus burti xanthonotus (Red-backed whiptail lizard)



Identification: Back reddish brown to reddish orange: red color stops abruptly along upper sides. Sides and upper surfaces of neck, lets, and feet dark grayish green to bluish. Striping and spotting on back ore less obscured by reddish dorsal ground color, less so in young. Diet Eats insects (ants, termites, caterpillars, beetles, insect larvae and pupae) and spiders.





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