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Great Basin Whiptail

Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. tigris


Possibly Western Whiptail but either way they are fairly rare in Washington state. Web sites don't mention it as a possibility (including the Burke Museum). A large lizard about 12 in. (30.48 cm). Yellowish stripes with black markings that transitions to white with black markings underneath. The length of the foot-toe-nail is extraordinary (pic 3 is cropped).


Spotted on a large rock next to Warden Lake at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Sagebrush steppe.

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Brian38 4 years ago

Thank you so much Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Wow, how beautiful is this guy? Cool markings, and the different scale types are amazing, particularly on the tail and feet. Congrats on your SOTW nomination, Brian.

Brian38 4 years ago

Thank you António for the nomination.

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 7, 2019
Submitted on Jul 8, 2019

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