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Indian rock agama

Psammophilus dorsalis


This species of Agamidae has a large head that is elongate and depressed with the cheeks swollen in adult males. The snout is longer than the diameter of the orbit (eye cavity). The upper head scales are unequal and smooth or obtusely keeled, the scales being larger on the sinciput (brow) than on the occiput. The canthus rostralis and supraciliary (brow) has a clear and sharp edge two small separated spines or groups of spines above the ear present or absent.


Found in southern India, south of about 16 degrees latitude. In the Western Ghats, Nilgiris, South Arcot and Nallamalai Hills and found in the hilly regions at altitudes up to 6000 feet altitude in the Nilgiris.


These two agamas frequent a pile a wood outside the kitchen at home,it's a nice place to bask in the sun and also provides good camouflage for one of them. Having gotten accustomed to my presence they don't run away when they spot me.

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adrika.2612 8 years ago


Atul 8 years ago

lovely spot!

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jul 31, 2012

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