This particular lizard, the first one we saw of this species, was winning a long battle with a very large cicada. We saw the whiptail pounce on the unsuspecting cicada, get a good grip, then thrash its head back and forth trying to batter the cicada senseless. The cicada was buzzing like mad trying to loosen itself from the whiptail's jaws, but to no avail. Eventually the silence of the cicada indicated the whiptail's victory and breakfast.
This species was placed in the genus Cnemidophorus until recently, so older reference books still use that name.
- Behler, J. L., King, F. W. 1979. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles & Amphibians
- Brennan, T. C. and Holycross, A. T. 2006. A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona
- Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2017. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding, Eighth Edition
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- Stebbins, R. C. 2003. Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition