Plateau Striped Whiptail
Cnemidophorus velox

Family Teiidae

2½" to 3¼" snout-vent length; to 10¾" overall. Color brown to black, with 6 or 7 narrow light stripes down back and sides. No light spots in dark areas between stripes. Head long and triangular. Scales on back small and granular; scales on underside larger and rectangular.
Elevation Range:
Below 7500' in western and southwestern Colorado.
This species is parthenogenic, consisting almost entirely of females which are capable of reproducing without benefit of male fertilization. (See Colorado Checkered Whiptail (Cnemidophorus tesselatus) for discussion.)
  Plateau Striped Whiptail
Photo from Hammerson, 1986.
Used with permission.
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Adams  DoloresH La PlataH Pitkin 
Alamosa  Douglas  Lake  Prowers 
Arapahoe  Eagle  Larimer  Pueblo 
ArchuletaH El Paso  Las Animas  Rio Blanco * 
Baca  Elbert  Lincoln  Rio Grande 
Bent  Fremont  Logan  Routt 
Boulder  GarfieldH MesaH Saguache 
Chaffee  Gilpin  Mineral  San Juan 
Cheyenne  Grand  Moffat *  San MiguelH
Clear Creek  Gunnison *  MontezumaH Sedgwick 
Conejos  Hinsdale  MontroseH Summit 
Costilla  Huerfano  Morgan  Teller 
Crowley  Jackson  Otero  Washington 
Custer  Jefferson  OurayHMS4 Weld 
DeltaH Kiowa  Park  Yuma 
Denver  Kit Carson  Phillips 
Map of Colorado
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Adams Alamosa Arahapoe Archuleta Baca Bent Boulder Chaffee Cheyenne Clear Creek Conejos Costilla Crowley Custer Delta Denver Dolores Douglas Eagle El Paso Elbert Fremont Garfield Gilpin Grand Gunnison Hinsdale Huerfano Jackson Jefferson Kiowa Kit Carson La Plata Lake Larimer Las Animas Lincoln Logan Mesa Mineral Moffat Montezuma Montrose Morgan Otero Ouray Park Phillips Pitkin Prowers Pueblo Rio Blanco Rio Grande Routt Saguache San Juan San Miguel Sedgewick Summit Teller Washington Weld Yuma