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whiptail

[hwip-teyl, wip-] /ˈʰwɪpˌteɪl, ˈwɪp-/
noun
1.
any of numerous New World lizards of the family Teiidae, especially of the genus Cnemidophorus, characterized by great agility and alertness.
2.
any of various other whip-tailed animals, as the whipscorpion.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; whip + tail1
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  • whiptail lizards are a fairly ordinary-looking bunch, but some species are among the strangest animals around.
  • Most often seen are the several species of whiptail lizards, spiny lizards, and horned lizards.
  • Rattlesnakes, and side-blotched, whiptail and western fence lizards can also be easily observed during the day.

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