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New Mexico State Reptile & Amphibian

New Mexico State Reptile and Amphibian

Roadrunners’ prey includes New Mexico’s state reptile, the New Mexico whiptail lizard. This lizard is unusual in that there are no males; every individual is a female!

The New Mexico whiptail reproduces by cloning. The young are exact duplicates of their mother.

New Mexico also has an official amphibian, the New Mexico spadefoot toad.

The hot sun doesn’t bother this nocturnal burrowing creature. A spadefoot toad can remain in the ground for months waiting for the summer monsoon season. When the rains begin to fall, the toads emerge and breed in temporary pools.

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