Field Guide to Maryland's Lizards (Order Squamata)
Sub-order Lacertilia, Family Teiidae
Eastern Six-lined Racerunner
Aspidoscelis s. sexlineatus
Photo of Adult Eastern Six-Lined Race Runner courtesy of John White
6 inches – 9 ½ inches.
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.
How to Find
These animals are very fast. May sometimes be found by lifting cover logs in sandy dry woodland habitats.
Distribution in Maryland
Found on the Coastal Plain of the Western Shore and the Potomac Valley counties west to Allegany.
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