Peninsular Rock Agama


Common name : South Indian rock agama, Peninsular rock agama

Scientific name : Psammophilus dorsalis

Family : Agamidae

Native to : South India

Interesting fact : Males bask on rock and do push-up displays.

Conservation status : Least concern

Peninsular rock agamas are fond of rocky hills that are 6000 feet above the sea level. The lizard has a depressed head with large cheeks. Males are pale brown with yellowish lips and become colourful during the breeding season with pink lips, bright orange-to-red backs and jet black bellies. Insects are their favourite food.

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