Belding’s Orange-throated Whiptail
(Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi)
WhiptailThe smallest of the San Diego whiptail species, these small lizards range from southern California down through the Baja peninsula. The Orange-throated Whiptail maintains a reddish brown to dark brown coloration with five to six pale stripes down the length of their body. Their namesake stems from the bright orange throat found on adult males. Juveniles are easily distinguished by a deep cobalt blue on their tail and hind legs. Whiptails feast primarily on termites, but will feed on other insects as well. Due to habitat fragmentation and loss, this is a species of special concern, inhabiting only 25% of its historic range.