In open arid deserts and desert woodland, in canyons and on hillsides, the western banded gecko is found. It is generally connected to rocks or other shelters but is also found in dunes and sandy arroyos.
Western-banded geckos, active mostly at dusk, can be seen crossing roads throughout the summer. Their gait and carriage have been speculated to resemble those of the scorpions of the Hadrurus genus that share the same ecosystem. If threatened, the gecko will raise its tail away from its body and head to deflect attention from a predator. There are specialized fracture planes in the tail that enable it to break away easily. To avoid a lot of blood loss, blood vessels close quickly, and the twisting tail is left behind. This will allow the lizard to avoid predation; it regrows its tail very quickly. The reconstructed tail, however, consists of cartilaginous content that lacks planes of fracture; it is also smaller than the initial and has numerous designs and scales of color.
The gecko's tail acts as more than just a way to avoid predation. Food supplies that the animal consumes during lean periods, including winter hibernation, are also processed via tail. It is intensely costly to regenerate the tail, and the loss of the tail can put the lizard's sustainability in danger, particularly if it was lost just before winter began.
Banded geckos, including beetles, spiders, earthworms, sowbugs, insects, and solpugids, feed on a range of invertebrates. In late spring, two eggs are laid, with females laying two clutches a year. The eggs hatch into 1 inch (2.5 cm ) long lizards after six weeks.
Tiny, thin lizards with sharp snouts and exceptionally long tails are whiptails. Among the different species of whiptails, snout-vent lengths range from 2¾ inches (69 mm) to 5¼ inches (137 mm). With tails larger than their legs, gigantic spotted whiptails (C. burti) may have a total length of over a foot. The color tends to be tan, black, or orange, with light yellow or white lines and/or spots. There may be very dark forelimbs, throats, and upper torsos of male western whiptails (C. Tigris). Whiptails have broad, square, longitudinally arranged belly scales and lateral rows. In shape, the scales on the upper body are very tiny and granular.
From sea level up to 8000 feet (2440 m), whiptails are located across the Sonoran desert area. In grasslands, woodlands, and pine forests, these lizards inhabit low desert scrub. They are also found in leaf litter under rocks or nosing around.