The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Tree Agama

Afrikaans name: Boom-koggelmander

A beautiful Southern Tree Agama

Photo © Steven Herbert

Agama atricollis

The Southern Tree Agama is a stunning lizard with its blue head. In fact, it is often called the Blue-headed Agama.

These reptiles are more common than you realise in suitable habitats. Almost every tree may be home to a single or pair fo Agamas. They have a habit of avoiding detection by moving around to the opposite side of the tree or branch.

The colour of the female is far more subdued than that of the male.

The Southern Tree Agama mainly eats ants and termites although they do feed on other insects as well.

The female will lay up to 14 eggs in a hole in the ground which she then covers.

Southern Tree Agama

Photo © Steven Herbert

Southern Tree Agama

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 19

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 57

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 106

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Published: 1983 - Page: 52

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Published: 1986 - Page: 14

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 193

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 179

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 197


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