A colourful agama lizard climbing over a rock


Agamas are the most common genus of lizard found in Africa. Dominant males in this genus turn their skin bright blue and orange, whereas subordinate males and those that have been recently scared will be a dull brown in colour.

Scientific name: Agama

Rank: Genus

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Map showing the distribution of the Agamas taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.