The Peninsular Rock Agama

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One of the lizards that we often see around is the Peninsular Rock Agama…and around this time, as the male takes on its breeding colours, it can be a beautiful thing to see.

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Here’s one specimen, which was perched, totally immobile, atop a cut-down tree-trunk on Bannerghatta Road:

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As it spotted some insect, the reptile was off in an incredible flash of speed, on to the ground below:

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The scientific name for this lizard is Psammophilus dorsalis. Tje female’s camouflage is so good that she often cannot be spotted on the rocks!

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for the Wiki on this lovely creature, that eats a lot of pests for us.

 

 

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Deepa Mohan
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Deepa Mohan is a freelance writer and avid naturalist.