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Agama: Ground

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Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:23 pm Unread post
Ground Agama (Agama aculeata)

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I took the photo in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
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Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:08 pm Unread post
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Could anyone tell me what lizard this is ?



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Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:33 pm Unread post
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....

PS you are so lucky to be in Schoenies. I lived there in the early 80's and still miss it



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Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:19 pm Unread post
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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Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:24 pm Unread post
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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Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:44 pm Unread post
Are there Ground agama's in KNP? I have only seen a Tree Agama at Satara.



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Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:18 am Unread post
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.


Re: ID help needed for lizard

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Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:12 am Unread post
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,

Samantha


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Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:59 pm Unread post
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!


Re: ID help needed for lizard

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Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:21 pm Unread post
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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Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:16 pm Unread post
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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Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:50 am Unread post
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

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Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:08 pm Unread post
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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Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:12 am Unread post
Many thanks for your interesting reply, fooble! I'd never have guessed that it was that juvenile 8)


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Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:31 pm Unread post
is there a difference between these two Agamas ?
I think yes... but :hmz:

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saw in Kgalagadi in February 2011

many thanks :D
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