Female Whiptail Lizard

By Lance Cheama

Animal: Lizard, Material: Nutria Rock
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The New Mexico whiptail is a female-only species of lizard found in New Mexico, other areas in the southwest and in northern Mexico. It is the official state reptile of New Mexico. Perhaps award-winning Zuni Pueblo artist Lance Cheama's collectible reptile might be a whiptail or other female Lizard species, carved with two drilled holes on the underside to indicate gender. A turned head has eyes from rich malachite inlays while a gorgeously long tail conveys a sense of movement as it rests along the back. About 6" long, 1 5/8" wide and 3/4" tall, sculpted from an Indigenous Nutria stone found on the Nutria area of the Zuni Pueblo reservation. It can be either travertine, agate or jasper.

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