Whiptails are found throughout the
Sonoran Desert region from sea level up to 8000 ft. They inhabit low
desert scrub, as well as grasslands, woodlands and pine forests.
are often found under rocks or in leaf litter. Whiptails eat a variety
of insects and occasionally smaller lizards.
The bobbing push ups performed by
whiptails is an aggressive territorial display (fearsome eh?).
Most species reproduce sexually and lay 1 or more
clutches of 1-6 eggs in late spring or early summer. In Arizona,
however, approximately 60% of of whiptail species reproduce asexually.
These species consist entirely of genetically identical females that lay
unfertilized eggs. Eggs typically take 60-75 days to hatch. Walking
through the desert you are bound to see many whiptails as you hike,
sometimes startling them with each footstep.