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Red Headed Agama Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Agama agama

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Found throughout Africa, the Red Headed Agama calls the semi-desert and scrubland areas home.

Read more about the characteristics of the Red Headed Agama in the wild.

Captive Care Information

Food & Water

Red Headed Agamas are carnivouroous lizards. As such, they should be fed a wide variety of feeder insects. Some you can use are crickets, mealworms, silkworms, butterworms, roaches, earthworms and kingworms. Make sure the insects are gut loaded with nutritional foods, and coated with a multi-vitamin dust or spray. Provide a small water dish for the Red Headed Agamas to drink. You can also spray the leaves of plants in the enclosure, but this also raises humidity.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Humidity levels should be kept to a minimum, around 10% to 20%. They are from dry desert areas where humidity is not a factor. Daytime temperatures should be provided in a gradient of 80 degrees F to 90 degrees F in the basking spot. Keep the temperature between 75 degrees F and 80 degrees F at night. They need a slightly lower temperature, but not too low. Use full-spectrum flourescent lighting to provide your Red Headed Agama with needed UVB light, on a 12 hours daylight cycle.


A minimum size of 36" x 20" x 20" should be used. Bigger is always better though. Place a lot of branches for climbing, enabling them to bask in the warm spot as well. They will need hiding places, so provide multiple items for them to hide under. Use playsand, peat moss or something similar as a substrate.


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