Cnemidophorus burti is a large whiptail lizard. It occurs in mesas, canyons, and riparian areas in arid and semi-arid regions of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico (Stebbins 2003).
Juveniles display light longitudinal stripes and spots on a dark background. This pattern becomes less distinct in adults as the light color fades with age (Stebbins 2003, Degenhardt et al. 2005).
Based on the result of a phylogenetic analysis by Reeder et al. (2002), this lizard is now commonly treated under the name Aspidoscelis burti.
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- Reeder, T., H. C. Dessauer, and C. J. Cole. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships of whiptail lizards of the genus Cnemidophorus (Squamata, Teiidae) : a test of monophyly, reevaluation of karyotypic evolution, and review of hybrid origins. American Museum novitates 3365:1-61.
- Stebbins, R.C. 2003. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Taylor, E. H. 1936. Notes on the herpetological fauna of the Mexican state of Sonora. The University of Kansas Science Bulletin 24(19):475-503.
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