Aspidoscelis sexlineata — Six-lined Racerunner
Subspecies I've seen:
A. s. sexlineata
Eastern Six-lined Racerunner
Aspidoscelis sexlineata sexlineata — Eastern Six-lined Racerunner
These little speedsters were racing about everywhere, but they had no intention of letting me get a good photo. This was the least shy of the bunch.
This species was placed in the genus Cnemidophorus until recently, so most reference books still use that name.
My wife and I accompanied her sister and mother on a tour boat up the Loxahatchee River in Jonathon Dickinson State Park. At the upstream point of the trip, everyone got out and wandered around the former homestead of one Trapper Nelson, once known as "the wild man of the Loxahatchee" for his Tarzan-like ways. I of course wandered off looking for the local herpetofauna, and was rewarded with this one brightly colored racerunner, which teased me by perpetually moving slowly away. Still a lousy picture, but probably a little better than my earlier lousy pictures of this species.
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