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Where are they from?
Agama Agama’s originate from the semi-desert and scrubland areas of Africa often living in rock crevices like other lizards. They are also sometimes found in villages and sometimes homes.

What do Agama Agama look like?
Well lots of people like to think that they all have read heads and bleu bodies however this is not true. Males may have a red/orange head but not always for example if they are not looking for a mate or they are startled then their colours will gradually become paler like a shade of brown which is the colour of the females. So it’s not really a permanent thing as people like to think, lots of reptile enthusiasts love this species due to their colonial behaviour and colours but it has also attracted along a lot of inexperienced keepers such as children. Due to the colours of these fantastic lizards they were labelled as Spiderman lizards which to no avail drew in a lot of youngsters who just wanted them because they were seen as cool. SO PLEASE DONT BUY THESE LIZARDS BECAUSE THEY ARE COOL, PLEASE RESTRAIN FROM CALLING THEM SPIDERMAN LIZARDS AS WELL. Please think about how long this lizard will live, the cost involved for food, lighting and heating of the enclosure. You must also have someone who is willing to look after your new pet and have knowledge of their requirements if you were to go on Holiday.

Behaviour
Well in many sense these lizards are much like other members of the agama family in that they are relatively docile and can be tamed without too man complications. I would personally say that these lizards can be handled if the owner chooses to but it’s probably best not too as they are not so open to handling as say a bearded dragon. They shouldn’t take long at all to tame down, but don’t be upset if it doesn’t take to being handled and constantly runs from you as they are more of a display lizard. These lizards are however amazing to watch much like a bearded dragon they can provide hours of entertainment, it’s also fun to watch the way the behave in groups. They are commonly known to be a colonial lizard meaning in the wild they will stay in groups with lots of females and maybe a few males (however only provide 1 male per vivarium as in the wild grievances can be sorted amongst males however in a small compact space it will not fare well for 1 male). So when choosing your Agama Agama keep in mind that you should only get 1 male and would be best to at least get a female for the male as they are colonial lizards.

Captive Environment

Red Headed Agamas should be kept in groups of at least three and provided with plenty of space, they are an active species. To house a trio (1 male, 2 females of course) you will require a 48x24x24 inch vivarium, the more space you can provide the better. I would personally use a soil/sand mix for the substrate and add some rocks around the vivarium to make hides(due to them living in rock crevices so would be best to replicate this), ensuring that they are placed so they do not fall and hurt your lizard. You can also use cork bark, branches, artificial plants and real plants to decorate the vivarium and make it as close to their natural habitat as possible.
Red Headed Agamas like other agamas require high UVB rays within the enclosure, i would personally go with an arcadia 12% uvb bulb as it has enough uvb output to keep the lizards healthy, I would personally avoid the use of compact uvb bulbs as the uvb output is more confined to 1 space which isn’t ideal if you will have 3 lizards in 1 vivarium. A basking light is also required this will be used to heat the enclosure (branded bulbs can be pretty expensive but ordinary bulbs from Tesco’s and B&Q do the job). You can use a clear basking bulb during the day with a heat mat for background temperatures throughout the night (or a ceramic for heat throughout the day and night maybe used in conjunction with a energy saving bulb as most lizards associate light from above with heat). Red basking bulbs can be used day and night however im unaware if these lizards can see red light as I know other members of the Agama family such as the bearded dragon can. The enclosure needs to have a basking area of around 35C (95F) with an ambient temperature of around 26-29C (80-85F). Allow night time temperatures to drop to between 23-25C (74-78F). The use of a Thermostat is essential to regulate the enclosures temperature day and night. If taken the basking bulb approach a dimmer stat is needed, if taking the ceramic a pulse stat will do the job and also a mat stat for any heat mats used.
Feeding Red Headed Agamas is very easy as the livefood is widely available and not too expensive. Crickets, locusts, mealworms, waxworms, butterworms and of course roaches. Youngsters require daily feeding where as adults can be fed every other day. Providing gut loaded insects along with a vitamins and calcium (about 4 feeds a week dusted with calcium and 2 feeds with vitamins) will help keep you Agama Agama in good health and avoid MBD. Provide clean water daily. Humidity shouldn’t be an issue really as it is kept dry so just make sure not to mist the vivarium and keep the humidity down.

So here is a picture of this fantastic species









Most Agama Agama in Britain will be Wc and should only cost around the £15 mark for 1.
There are however a number of people having a go at breeding them so hopefully in a few years to come there will be lots of CB Agama Agamas up for grabs.


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Nice caresheet ninj, informative about "spiderman lizards"
Sorry, agama agamas...
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Nice caresheet ninj, informative about "spiderman lizards"
Sorry, agama agamas...

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£15 each!? did you mean £150?
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£15 each!? did you mean £150?
nope they are dirt cheap
exotic pets sell trios for £45 (amazing aint it, they are WC adults though)
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£15 each!? did you mean £150?
Ive heard of people getting seriously ripped off before on these. Even ltc youll still get a trio for 50.
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Ive heard of people getting seriously ripped off before on these. Even ltc youll still get a trio for 50.
yep and its also another reason why they were popular with kids as they were dirt cheap
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although looking at the tail on the bottom one it could be agama agama africana. Did you get any in the end?
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Just to clarify,

Steve has it right on the bottom two; they are agama agama lionotus (YES agama lionotus is considered a subspecies of agama agama by most of the african herpetologists). The top picture however is the "spiderman lizard" which is agama mwanzae (flat headed rock agama) a totally different species to agama agama. Agama mwanzae is THE spiderman lizard not agama agama but because the two are so similar in appearance it has lead to some confusion. Agama mwanzae has the red colour extending down its forelegs and the red is closer to pink in mwanzae and closer to orange (or even yellow sometimes) in agama agama the red headed agama.

so in short: top pic is agama mwanzae- flat headed rock agama or if you insist "spiderman lizard"

bottom two are agama agama or agama agama lionotus- red headed agama. If you want to call lionotus a seperate species then its up in the air at the moment. lionotus come from kenya with their subspecies from the surrounding countries whereas agama agama's range is most of sub saharan Africa.

And anyway care is the same for all three/two species

Hope this hasn't made it even more confusing

Btw nice caresheet for atricollis Steve
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