Adults are about 9 inches in total length, with the tail about 2/3 of the total length. Their scales are small, but not shiny, and the skin wrinkles and folds. They get their name from the three light stripes running down each side. Males have light-blue bellies.
They are found in fields and other open, well-drained areas. They can often be seen at midday scurrying about on roadside banks and in cemeteries. As their name implies, they run swiftly, rising on their hind legs only.*
Whiptails: Six-Lined Racerunner
Aspidocelis s. sexlineata
*As their name implies, they run swiftly, rising on their hind legs only.