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Agamids (Agamidae; koggelmanders)

Agamids are closely related to chameleons and are sometimes placed in the same family. South African species are moderate-sized, but elsewhere species can be more than one meter in total length. They are diurnal and primarily terrestrial. Agamas are short-bodied lizards, with a triangular head and large eyes with round pupils. Like chameleons, most have the ability to change colour. Two fanglike teeth are found in the upper jaw and they can inflict a painful bite. Agamas are mainly egg-laying (oviparous). In some species, the sex of the young may be determined by the egg incubation temperature. There are six species in South Africa .


Species occurring in the GCBC:

Southern Rock Agama

Southern Spiny Agama

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