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Agama: Ground

Unread postby Katja » Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:23 pm

Ground Agama (Agama aculeata)

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I took the photo in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
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Lizzard ID

Unread postby j-ms » Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:08 pm

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Could anyone tell me what lizard this is ?

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Unread postby african_wild_cat » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:33 pm

Hi j-ms,

Gosh, this is a hard one! My guess would be maybe a female ground agama???? I base my guess purely on the fact that she is sitting in what seems to be a "driedoring" (rhigozum trichotomum) bush and we saw plenty agamas there last month. The male has a prominent bright blue head, but AFAIK the female's head is the same colour as her body unless she is laying her eggs, then she mimicks the male's blue head to keep males from bothering her.

Can't wait to hear what the experts say....

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Unread postby j-ms » Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:19 pm

My thoughts were also that is was a Ground Agama but I wanted to make sure.

PS. Schoenies is still great - we have owned and lived in Sou-West for the past 10 years or so - do you remember it ? Where did you stay ?

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Unread postby african_wild_cat » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:24 pm

Oops, will PM you, before we both get a boot on the bum for hijacking the thread with non-parkrelated stuff! :D
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:44 pm

Are there Ground agama's in KNP? I have only seen a Tree Agama at Satara.
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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:18 am

That is a ground agama. The Bushmen will say it's praying for rain (when did you take the photo?)

They do have a tendency to sit up in the Rhigozum trichoyomum bushes- when warm, it will afford them some air circulation, and when coolish, the get the sun quicker. When heavy rains are expected, they do sit up there, to avoid being caught inside their holes, and then either drowning, or being caved in.
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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby Mant » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:12 am

Hi,

Could anybody help me i.d this lizard :hmz: , saw it at Mokala and I have no idea what it is.

I'm not very good at identifying things like this :wall:

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Thanks,

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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:59 pm

Definitely a ground agama (Agama aculeata) in the previous pic. And the flat lizzard P.intermedius rhodesianus has now been raised to a species Platysaurus rhodesianus, and I agree about the ID. They are extremely common there, but difficult to photograph so well done!
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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby arks » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:21 pm

Is this possibly a female ground agama?

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Most agamas I saw had blue/darker markings, as in this example

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and I'd thought that those are perhaps male? Both seen in KTP in February 2010.
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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby oddesy » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:16 pm

I beleive you are correct arks :thumbs_up:

"Males tend to grow larger than females and develop brighter breeding colouration" (Guide to the reptiles of southern africa, Graham Alexander, John Marais)
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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby arks » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:50 am

Another agama query :) — is this a ground agama? Or... ?? Seen at Cape Point in March 2010. It was quite small, perhaps a juvenile?

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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby fooble » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:08 pm

arks wrote:I'm still hoping for some help with this one :pray: Please? :pray:
arks wrote:Another agama query :) — is this a ground agama? Or... ?? Seen at Cape Point in March 2010. It was quite small, perhaps a juvenile?

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That is a young animal hatchling infact,

Ground Agama - Agama aculeata.

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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby arks » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:12 am

Many thanks for your interesting reply, fooble! I'd never have guessed that it was that juvenile 8)
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Re: Identification help: Lizard

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:31 pm

is there a difference between these two Agamas ?
I think yes... but :hmz:

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saw in Kgalagadi in February 2011

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