Red Head Agama (Agama agama)
A.K.A. Rainbow Agama
Red Head Agamas are a medium-sized lizard with grey to blue colored bodies and red-orange heads. The vivid colors of this species gives it the nickname “rainbow agama.” They will grow up to 12-15 inches in length. They are hardy, active lizards and can live up to 6-10 years if taken care of properly.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to southern Africa.
These lizards do well with a layer of moss over the tank’s substrate to retain moisture. Be sure to put plenty of plants, wood, and rocks for them to climb and hide in.
A 20-30 gallon tank can house one Red Head Agama, with larger tanks needed for more. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 80-85º F during the day and nighttime temperatures around 70-75º F. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. A small heat pad is recommended for basking.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards won’t drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended. Spraying or misting their tank every 2-3 days is recommended.
Red Head Agamas are insectivorous and will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.