Wild South Florida — Six-lined Racerunner
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Six-lined Racerunner
six-lined racerunner

The six-lined racerunner is aptly named. The six yellowish lines along the side of its body are easy to spot. Less obvious, at least at first, is the speed with which it can move — up to 18 mph, which given the size of this lizard, is absolutely stunning. And, as we found out trying to photograph one, it doesn't take long for him to get to top speed.

The other thing you notice about the six-lined racerunner is its oversized tail, which can be more than twice the body length. That's the inspiration for the lizard's second name, the whiptail lizard. In fact, whiptail is the name of the family of 17 lizard species, of which the six-lined racerunner is one.

These guys can be found as far north as Michigan and as far west as Texas and Missouri, south into northern South America. They like open habitats; in Florida, you'll find them in dry areas, like coastal dunes and open woodlands.

The like to eat bugs, and tend to do their hunting during the warmest part of the day.

six-lined racerunner

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