Thursday, July 6, 2017

Name that critter.

First time I have noticed one of these at TFL.  Do you know what it is? Note: proper identification includes being age specific... 79,90,73,0,W

19 comments:

Marlin Andrus said...

Young blue tailed skink

Stephen Sykes said...

Blue-tailed skink. Lucky you!!

Marlin Andrus said...

That's wrong. It's a beldings orange-throates whiptail.

Marlin Andrus said...

Throated whiptail young one

Jennifer Woolvin said...

It's a whiptail lizard, I thought it was a Sonoran but Beldings Orange Throated whiptail sounds right. At any rate, not a skink.

Janet said...

The (American) five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus). The blue tail is a juvenile. The adults have a red head and throat.

Road said...

The rare Chihuahuan blue-tailed kitchen cleaner, not yet a teen, or he woulda left more of a mess. . .

John Wells said...

My bets are on a juvenile Laredo Striped Whiptail...the only species that looks like this that is endemic to this area.

Janet said...

Yeah. I checked out the five-lined skink and they said they were only in Connecticut.

remmij said...

… given the number of stripes and your location, this is my guess… has the blue coloration as a juvenile (see photo) seems unusual - outside its normal range a bit…
Arizona Striped Whiptail (Aspidoscelis arizonae)
Arizona Striped Whiptail SERP

Billy Bob said...

How about Pat for its name.

remmij said...

other contenders:
Little striped whiptailsee description
some NM variants
a different blue that would make him blue…

remmij said...

multiple pics, 7 stripes, BUT supposedly they are found only in Graham and Cochise counties in southeastern Arizona
…and in declining numbers there… they seem to like centipedes to snack on.

Margery Bills said...

I never saw anything like it. Film it moving and put it on UTube. You might make a bundle.

Margery Bills said...

That lizard is so beautiful and unique.

John Wells said...

I think the winner is...Trans-Pecos Striped Whiptail. http://www.californiaherps.com/noncal/misc/misclizards/pages/a.i.heptagramma.html

Randy H said...

5 striped lizard

pamit said...

yep, it's a lizard :-)

Wonder why you haven't seen these before. Herps of TX says they are diurnal.

Wade White said...

In Carolina they call them a scorpion, I know, I know!!!!