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  ― 245 ―

The Ribboned Lizard

LACERTA TAENIOLATA

L. lævis, cauda tereti longa, corpore supra tæniolis albis nigrisque, subtus albo.

Affinis L. lemniscatæ. Crura supra albo nigroque striata: digiti unguiculati: aures conspicuæ: squamæ totius corporis lævissimæ, nitidissimæ, cauda vix distincte striata, subferruginea.

This is a very elegant species. The length of the animal is about six inches and a half; and is distinguished by a number of parallel stripes, or bands of black and white, disposed longitudinally throughout the whole upper part of the body, except that on the tail the bands are not carried much above the base, the remainder being of a pale ferruginous colour. In some specimens a tinge of this colour is also visible on the back; the lower part of the body is of a yellowish-white; the tail is perfectly round, of a great length, and gradually tapers to the extremity.

Colour plate facing page 245 of '1. Ribbon Lizard. 2. Broad-Tailed Lizard.'



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