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The Adventure of the Yellow Face
Photo Credit: Dipen Chudasama
Nairobi National Park, Nairobi, Kenya
- Order: Squamata
- Suborder: Iguania
- Family: Agamidae
- Genus: Agama
- Species: A. agama
The Common Agama, Red-headed Rock Agama, or Rainbow Agama (Agama agama) is a species of lizard from the Agamidae family, found in most of Subsaharan Africa.
It can often be seen in the heat of the day. In the breeding season, the males develop their most dramatic markings, the head and neck and also tail turning bright orange or yellowish, and the body dark blue (pictured here). Outside of the breeding season, the male is a plain brown. The females and juveniles are always more cryptically marked. This lizard can be found climbing rocks and walls. Their diet is insects.
The males are territorial, claiming relatively small to medium patches of land that they defend against other mature males. Juveniles and females reside within the territories unchallenged. The mature males become agitated when confronting each other; they nod vigorously, arch their backs, skip sideways, and clash their tails. The loser is chased out of the territory.
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