Aspidoscelis hyperythra — Orange-throated Whiptail
Subspecies I've seen:
A. h. beldingi
Belding’s Orange-throated Whiptail
Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi — Belding’s Orange-throated Whiptail
These whiptails are pretty common in the greater San Diego area, but I haven't visited San Diego in lizarding season since I was a kid, and back then I wasn't paying attention to which whiptail species I had or hadn't seen. So I set out to find me some orange-throated whiptails on a pleasant June afternoon. Fortunately, I saw a few. Unfortunately, they were as uncooperative as your typical whiptail of any species, and I only got this one terrible photo.
These whiptails are no easier to photograph in Baja California than they are in California.
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- Jones, L. L. C., Lovich, R. E. 2009. Lizards of the American Southwest: A Photographic Field Guide
- Lemm, J. M. 2006. Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region
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- Smith, H. M. 1995. Handbook of Lizards: Lizards of the United States and Canada
- Stebbins, R. C. 2003. Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition