Care sheet - Painted Agam a
Somali Painted, bush Agama, Sling-Tailed Agama, Painted Agama
Greece & islands (inc. Cyclades, Rhodes & Corfu), Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt,Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia
L. s. stellio:
Saloniki: Cyclades (Mykonos Islands, Delos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos),Sporades, Rhodes, Corfu)
L. s. brachydactyla:
(N Saudi Arabia, S Israel, Sinai Desert)
L. s. cypriacus
L. s. daani:
(Salonika, many Aegean islands)
L. s. picea:
(SW Syria, S Lebanon, N Israel, NW Jordan)
Sexing males and females is easy with this species; the males have a dark vertical line of raised scales on the underside of the belly. The females do not.
Basking temperature of 35-36°C and a cooler end to 25°C. A night timedrop the temperature down to 23-25°C and gives a good temperature gradient.
I used to use the Fluorescent UV tubes but found that the lizards were not veryactive except at feeding time so I changed over to the Mercury vapour lamp and what adifference it made. They became much more active and started courtship displays of head bobbing and leg waving and in general a lot more active. Their colours were also greatlyimproved and much brighter.Agamas are active during the day and are often found scampering around to snatch uptheir favourite foods. They can tolerate greater temperatures (35-40°C) than most reptiles, but in the afternoon when temperatures reach around 38°C (100°F) they will settle intothe shade and wait for it to cool down. Frequent fighting breaks out between males; suchfighting involves a lot of bobbing and weaving in an attempt to scare the opponent. If itcomes to blows, they lash out with their tails and threaten each other with open jaws.Many older males have broken tails as a result of such fights. Females may sometimes