- 3" to 4" snout-vent length; to 15½" overall. Color cream to tan, with checkered pattern of black or dark brown blotches arranged in regular rows between lighter narrow stripes. Head long and triangular. Scales on back small and granular; scales on underside larger and rectangular.
This species is parthenogenic, consisting almost entirely of females which are capable of reproducing without benefit of male fertilization. The species is thought to have originated relatively recently, from hybridization between an individual Western Whiptail (C. tigris) and a C. gularis, producing a self-reproducing population, the Diploid Colorado Checkered Whiptail C. tesselatus, having one set of chromosomes from each parent (2N). A member of that population is then thought to have hybridized with a Six-lined Racerunner (C. sexlineatus), which led to the current population, having three complete sets of chromosomes (3N).
- Elevation Range:
- Below 6900' in southeastern Colorado.
We follow Walker et al. (1997) in recognizing C. neotesselatus as a distinct species from C. tesselatus.
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