Saturday, October 6, 2018

Rainbow Agama (Agama agama)

In my Benin, West Africa visit, the first reptile I encountered was this beautiful Rainbow Agama (Agama agama) also referred as Common Agama or Red Headed Agama belonging to Agamidae family. This is widely distributed in Sub Saharan Africa. There are about 40 species in this genus.

This seems to be most common and omnipresent reptile in Benin. The males have this orange head and rainbow like color patterns on the tail. The females have more grey brown coloration with intricate patterns on the head.


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