Ground Agama.. A lizard in the Kalahari..

The Ground Agama (Agama aculeata)

The Ground Agama is a species of lizard from the Agamidae family, found in most of sub-Saharan Africa.

Breeding males become blue on the sides of the head.  So guess what, this little lad is breeding…

Agamas are active during the day and are often found scampering around to snatch up their favourite foods. They can tolerate greater temperatures than most reptiles, but in the afternoon when temperatures reach around 38°C (100°F) they will settle into the shade and wait for it to cool. Frequent fighting breaks out between males; such fighting involves a lot of bobbing and weaving in an attempt to scare the opponent. If it comes to blows, they lash out with their tails and threaten each other with open jaws.

If caught out in the open, agamas are able to run quickly on their hind legs to reach shelter.  This little guy was in front of the camera.. and I looked to change a setting and when I looked back he was nowhere to be seen…

Kalagadi 336

Kalagadi 340

Kalagadi 341

The next photo… he was gone… never to be seen again…