Found throughout Kenya, often basking in the sun on rocks or fallen trees, the dominant male taking the highest spot. They can grow up to 12" (30cm) in length. Also known as the Rainbow Lizard.
Longevity Up to 30 years in captivity. After rainy seasons, when insects are copious, is when Agamas lay up to 20 eggs in a shallow nest.
Predators Many predators, including birds and snakes.
Behaviour The male Agama turns into a very colourful affair of deep blue & red-orange during breeding and attracts females by doing 'push-ups'. At other times, including during night-time, he is a comparitively drab brown colour. They are territorial reptiles and males fight for the females within their area. The dominant male will have up to half-a-dozen females and other subordinate males in his group.
Diet Primarily insects. Also eats ants, beetles, termites & grasshoppers. If really hungry, will eat leaves and grass. They do not 'hunt', but prefer to wait for prey, catching it with a very sticky tongue.
Photographs Photographed in Olare Orok Conservancy, Kenya.