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Blue headed /Tree Agama

Acanthocercus atricollis

Description:

relatively large, arboreal lizard with a distinct narrow neck and broad head. The lizard was well camouflaged due to the mottled brown markings on its back matching the rough bark of the tree. The lower jaw and throat, however, were blue with white spots and very striking when the head was raised

Habitat:

Large Acacia erioloba tree in a bushveld area on sandy soils in an region which experiences about 500mm of rain a year mainly as summer storms and showers

Notes:

It would appear there are a number of sub species but the taxonomy is a little murky

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6 Comments

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 8 years ago

thank you Willie

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

very nice series

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 8 years ago

What a great spotting! I love seeing herps from distant places!

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 8 years ago

the brown markings on the back and the restricted blue coloration, not to mention the spots, have been worrying me but I now suspect that this is a male out of breeding season. Does anyone know if the female has any blue coloration?

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

very nice series!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Beautiful!

C.Sydes
Spotted by
C.Sydes

Central District, Botswana

Spotted on Apr 11, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012

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