Southern Tree Agama

Southern Tree Agama. Leigh Kemp
Southern Tree Agama. Leigh Kemp


Vital Statistics

Name
Southern Tree Agama, Black-necked Agama or Blue-throated Agama [Acanthocercus atricollis]
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Agamidae
Subspecies
There are possibly up to 6 races, but all poorly defined
Length_F
135 mm
Length_M
167 mm

Description

A very large agama with a broad head. Breeding males have a dull blue to bluish back, with bright blue (anteriorly) to straw-yellow (posteriorly) spines and a bright cobalt-blue head.

Distribution

Ethiopia, through Eastern Africa to the North-Eastern parts of the subcontinent, reaching the southern limits in coastal Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Botswana (Lobatsi) and Ovamboland.

Breeding

The female lays 5 - 14 oval, soft-shelled eggs in a hole dug in moist soil. These hatch after 90 days.

Diet

Caterpillars, grasshoppers and beetles.



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