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Red Headed Agama

Red headed agama is a type of lizard belonging to the Agamidae family, occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. The male lizard is very much territorial and is known to become agitated when confronting other males; however, the animal prefers to live in groups with hierarchy consisting of a dominant male with submissive young males and females.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Agamidae
    Subfamily Agaminae
    Genus Agama
    Scientific Name Agama agama


    Other Names Common agama, Red-headed rock agama, Rainbow agama
    Size 13 to 30 cm (5.1 to 11.8 in)
    Color Males are pale brown during non-breeding season turning dark blue during the breeding season with head, neck and tail turning bright orange; females are cryptically colored
    Distribution Sub-Saharan Africa (Tanzania , Kenya)
    Habitat Deserts, savannas, forests, mountains, cities, suburbs
    Diet Mainly insects such as ants, grasshoppers, beetles, termites
    Predators Probably snakes
    Breeding Season More common in the wet season, although breeding can take place year round in regions of consistent rainfall
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 7 eggs
    Incubation Period 8 to 10 weeks
    Reproductive Age Males: 2 years of age
    Females: 14 to 18 months of age
    Average Lifespan 10 to 28 years

    Red Headed Agama Gallery

    Published on February 2nd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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