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3- Cnemidophorus  genus: 

Terrarium Size:
These are active, fast moving lizards. One to several of all species could be kept in a 40-gallon tank.

Terrarium Type: 
Dry savannah, semiarid land terrarium setups are the best. These lizards enjoy digging through sandy substrates. Provide a hot spot of 105-120F for thermoregulation. 

Social Structure:
Breeding males may fight with other males. Juveniles and females usually live compatible. 

A variety of insects, some blossoms and fruit-honey mixture are accepted by these lizards. 

Potential Problems:
Insufficient heat and light can cause lethargy and an unwillingness to eat. When properly set up, these usually are hardy and problem-free lizards.

References: Bartlett, R.D., and Patricia Bartlett. Lizard care from A-Z. Hauppage, NY: Barron's Education Series.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia :


Cnemidophorus is a genus of lizards in the family Teiidae. Species in the genus Cnemidophorus are commonly referred to as whiptail lizards or racerunners. Note that the Reeder et al. (2002) re-examined the nomenclature for this genus and split it into the two genera Aspidoscelis and Cnemidophorus.


The name Cnemidophorus literally means "greave-wearing", from the Ancient Greek knēmido- (combining form of knēmis, "greave", a leg armor) and -phoros ("bearer").[2]


Aruban Whiptail
Cnemidophorus arubensis

Scientific classification :







Wagler, 1830[1]

Reproduction :


In some of the Cnemidophorus species, there are no males, and they reproduce through parthenogenesis. This is well known in bees and aphids, but is very rare in vertebrates. Those species without males are now known to originate through hybridization, or interspecific breeding. Occasionally, a mating between a female of one species and a male of another produces a parthenogen, a female that is able to produce viable eggs that are genetically identical to her own cells. 



The lizards that hatch from these eggs are thus also parthenogens that can again produce identical eggs, resulting in an asexual, clonal population. Parthenogenetic species resulting from a single hybridization are diploid (that is, they have two sets of chromosomes just as sexual species do), but sometimes these females mate with other males, producing offspring which are triploid (that is, they have three sets of chromosomes, or 50% more than equivalent sexual species; see polyploidy). Over 30% of the Cnemidophorus genus are parthenogenic.

Species :


The genus Cnemidophorus, sensu lato, contains the following species.


  • Cnemidophorus angusticeps

  • Cnemidophorus arenivagus

  • Cnemidophorus arizonae

  • Cnemidophorus arubensis

  • Cnemidophorus burti

  • Cnemidophorus calidipes

  • Cnemidophorus ceralbensis

  • Cnemidophorus communis

  • Cnemidophorus costatus

  • Cnemidophorus cozumelae

  • Cnemidophorus cryptus

  • Cnemidophorus deppei

  • Cnemidophorus dixoni

  • Cnemidophorus exsanguis

  • Cnemidophorus flagellicaudus

  • Cnemidophorus gramivagus

  • Cnemidophorus gularis

  • Cnemidophorus guttatus

  • Cnemidophorus gypsi

  • Cnemidophorus hyperythrus

  • Cnemidophorus inornatus

  • Cnemidophorus labialis

  • Cnemidophorus lacertoides

  • Cnemidophorus laredoensis

  • Cnemidophorus leachei

  • Cnemidophorus lemniscatus

  • Cnemidophorus lineattissimus

  • Cnemidophorus littoralis

  • Cnemidophorus longicaudus

  • Cnemidophorus marmoratus

  • Cnemidophorus martyris

  • Cnemidophorus maximus

  • Cnemidophorus mexicanus

  • Cnemidophorus motaguae

  • Cnemidophorus mumbuca

  • Cnemidophorus murinus

  • Cnemidophorus nativo

  • Cnemidophorus neomexicanus

  • Cnemidophorus neotesselatus

  • Cnemidophorus nigricolor

  • Cnemidophorus ocellifer

  • Cnemidophorus opatae

  • Cnemidophorus pai

  • Cnemidophorus parecis

  • Cnemidophorus parvisocius

  • Cnemidophorus pseudolemniscatus

  • Cnemidophorus rodecki

  • Cnemidophorus sackii

  • Cnemidophorus scalaris

  • Cnemidophorus septemvittatus

  • Cnemidophorus serranus

  • Cnemidophorus sexlineatus

  • Cnemidophorus sonorae

  • Cnemidophorus tesselatus

  • Cnemidophorus tigris

  • Cnemidophorus uniparens

  • Cnemidophorus vacariensis

  • Cnemidophorus vanzoi

  • Cnemidophorus velox




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CNEMIDOPHORUS LEMNISCATUS - Rainbow Whiptail - neotropical lizard

Species :

1- The rainbow whiptail (Cnemidophorus lemniscatus) :

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The rainbow whiptail (Cnemidophorus lemniscatus) is a species of lizard found in Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. It has also been introduced in Florida and has established populations there.[1] A rainbow whiptail grows up to approximately 12 inches (30.5 cm).


Both sexually reproducing and parthenogenetic populations are known.[1]

Rainbow whiptail

Rainbow whiptail (Cnemidophorus lemniscatus), Tayrona National Natural Park, Magdalena Department, Colombia

Scientific classification :







Species:C. lemniscatus

Binomial name :

Cnemidophorus lemniscatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia

Blue specimen in Providencia Island, Colombia

female, Tobago

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Video : 

WHIPTAIL LIZARD (cnemidophorus lemniscatus)

Care articles :


1-  Rainbow Lizard - whiptails.

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Cnemidophorus lemniscatus (Rainbow Whiptail), Tayrona National Natural Park

Family & Scientific Name:
Teiidae; Cnemidophorus lemniscatus (rainbow lizard); Aspidoscelis species (other racerunners and whiptails). 

Identifying Features:
Most species – even those with dorsal crossbars – have some degree of lineate pattern. There usually are six or seven stripes dorsally. The male rainbow lizard is the most brightly coloured but others like the Texas whiptail have blue sides and salmon throats. Females (of bisexual species) are less colourful than the males. Some species are unisexual and reproduce by parthenogenesis. Colours of all are most vivid during the breeding season. There are eight rows of large belly scales. 

Range & Origin:
South America (rainbow lizard.) North, Central and South America (other species). All available in the pet trade are captured from the wild. Rainbow lizards are established in Southern Florida. 

Adult Size: 
Variable by species, from 6-14 inches, of which two-thirds is tail length. 

Life Span: 
1-4 Years.

Cnemidophorus lemniscatus (Rainbow Whiptail)

Videos  : 

Rainbow whiptail

CNEMIDOPHORUS LEMNISCATUS - Rainbow Whiptail - neotropical lizard

Rainbow Whiptail

Rainbow Whiptail Feeding

Rainbow Whiptail

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