Eastern Six-lined Racerunner
Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus
Photo of Adult
Eastern Six-Lined Race Runner courtesy of John White
As its name implies, this slender animal has six
light-colored stripes starting at its head and continuing down along the
The back color is brown to black. The back scales are
small, resulting in a very smooth look.
The belly has large scales arranged in eight rows.
Its tail is long (compared to our other lizards, over
half its total length).
The scales on the tail are keeled, giving it a rough
feel and appearance.
Young racerunners resemble adults except that they have
bright blue tails.
Close-up photo of Eastern Six-lined Racerunner courtesy of John White
& Photo of Habitat courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Prefers open sunny and dry areas with loose or sandy soils with grasses or
shrubs for cover.
These animals are very fast. May sometimes be found by lifting cover logs in
sandy dry woodland habitats.
Found on the Coastal Plain of the Western Shore and the Potomac Valley
counties west to Allegany.
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