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Agama Lizard(Agama) informations, facts -

Agama Lizard(Agama)
Agama Lizard(Agama)

Agama lizard(Agama) is a long-tailed, Old world lizard species native to Africa. Agamas are small to medium-sized lizard species. They are like to habitat warm places. Their skin color also differs between species, between genders, and according to mood.



Their scientific name is Agama. Agama lizard is also known as the 'Red-headed rock agama', 'Common agama', 'Rainbow agama'.

Common Name: Agama Lizard
Scientific Name: Agama
Other Name: Red-headed rock agama, Common agama, Rainbow agama

Scientific Classification 

Agama lizard belongs to the family Agamidae. Agama lizard is a lizard species. There are 10 sub-species. Their conservation status is 'Not extinct'. This species listed as a red list of IUCN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Genus: Agama
Family: ‎Agamidae
Group: Reptile
Number of Sub-species: 10
Conservation Status: Not extinct

Living & Habitat

Agama lizards are found in Africa. Agama lizards are habitats such as rocky deserts, forests.

Living Locations: Africa
Habitat: Rocky desert, Forest

Physical Classification

Agama lizard has a small to medium-sized body and whole body covers with colorful rough skin. Agama lizard is characterized by its whitish underside, buff-brown back limbs, and tail with a slightly lighter stripe down the middle. An adult Agama lizard length around  30 cm to 45 cm. Their weight around 280 g to 510 g. They can walk at speed of up to 12 km/h.

Color: Yellow, Black, Brown, Blue, Green
Skin Type: Rough skin
Weight: 280 g to 510 g (Approx)
Size: 30 cm to 45 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 12 km/h (Approx)


Agama lizards are mainly part of the Omnivore diet, which means they eat plants, and also meats. They mostly eat ants, grasshoppers, beetles, vegetables, fruits. They have some natural predators like snakes.

Diet: Omnivores
Favorite Food: Ants, Grasshoppers, Beetles, Vegetables, Fruits
Predator: Snakes


Their lifespan up to 28 years. Agama lizards are diurnal, solitary lizard species. They are very active in daylight. At the age of 14 to 18 Months, females and males are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 42 to 56 days. Agama lizard lay 12 eggs in a breeding season. The young Agama lizard is called 'Hatchling'. Those young spend 70 days with their mothers.

Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 28 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 14 to 18 Months
Incubation Period: 42 to 56 Days
Average Litter Size: 12
Baby called: Hatchling
Age of Weaning: 70 Days

Short Facts

  • Agama lizards are sometimes called rainbow lizards because of the colorful displays put on by the dominant males.

  • The main diet for an agama is crickets and other arthropods.


Image: Photo by Obinna Valentine on Unsplash


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