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…

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

39 thoughts on “Ground Agama.. A lizard in the Kalahari..

    • The test will be given 50 years from now.. probably the length of time it’s taken me to learn about all these birds, animals and other creatures.. so hang around and start revision if you plan to follow me that long… I do plan to post it posthumously..

  1. Isn’t he cute? I would love to see one scampering around on it’s back legs….nature is so full of miracles and wonder….Thanks for sharing this little wonder with us 🙂

  2. Stunning aquamarine colour! Love the burnt orange too. Quite the eye movement, looks like they can se in more than one direction at once.

    • Well I’m not so sure… can you imagine opening the front door to your daughters date and here stands a young lad you haven’t met before who’s head is blue… it makes the question of “what are your intentions with my daughter??” almost obsolete… the chances are there will be an awful lot of youngsters being attacked by fathers before they go out on a date…

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