Six-Lined Race Runner


Kingdom:Animalia Phylum:Chordata Class:Reptilia Order:Squamata Family:Teiidae Genus:Cnemidophorus Species:Cnemidophurus sexlineatus


As in their name, the Six-Lined Race Runner has six or seven light stripes seperated by dark greenish-brown, to black bands without spots. Sometimes they have a light stripe down the center of their back. The tails are brown with bold stripes on the sides. Six-Lined Race Runners have bluish-white bellies with 8 rows of large smooth rectangular scales.. The throats on males are green or blue, and on females is white. Six-Lined Race Runners can be from six to ten inches long. Juveniles have distinct yellow stripes, and a light blue tail.


Six-Lined Race Runners breed in the spring from April to June. They lay two sets of eggs, the first in June or July, and the second about three weeks later. They lay about six eggs, that hatch from June to September. After laying them, the females don't stay with the eggs.


Six-Lined Race Runners live in dry sunny areas, like grasslands or open woodlands. They also prefer areas with well drained soils. Six-Lined Race Runners like to live under bushes and rocks, where the burrow into the ground.


Six-Lined Race Runners live in south Nebraska and south to the gulf coast of Texas. They are also found from eastern Colorado and New Mexico to the Atlantic Coast.


Six-Lined Race Runners eat small insects like: grasshoppers, spiders, and caterpillars. They catch their prey by chasing them down, they then chew their prey before swallowing it.

Six-Lined Race Runners can detach there tail and regenerate a new one, but it is not as simple to get them to do it as it is with skinks.

Adults begin hibernation in August, but the young remain active until September.

Six-Lined Race Runners can run up to 18 mile per hour. And the warmer the lizard the faster.