The Red Headed Agama, also known as
the Red Headed Rock Agama, Common Agama,
and Rainbow Agama, is native to Africa. Their
scientific name is Agama agama (see classification
below). These lizards live in groups
of ten to twenty, normally staying in unsettled areas,
but have migrated into urban areas as well.
What does the Red Headed Agama look like?
Rainbow Agamas are a medium-sized lizard, growing to
lengths of about 13 inches to 15 inches. During the
cooler times of the day, and at night, their color is
a dark brown hue. When it gets warmer during daylight
hours, the color of the male Red Headed Agama
changes to blue and red-orange. The blue is on the body
while the extremities and head are orange. The female
Red Headed Agamas are always shades of brown.
The males color may also change based on mood, with
aggression being the primary emotion initiating change.
The group of lizards are led by a single
dominant male. Fights ensue when a strange male comes
across the group, and challenges the leader for dominance.
When this occurs, the color of the males head will turn
brown and white spots will appear across their backs.
Read all about caring for a Red Headed Agama in captivity
with our Red
Headed Agama Care Sheet.
You know more about this lizard, now take a look at
Headed Agama Pictures.