Yellow-Spotted Agama


Name: Yellow-Spotted Agama

Scientific name: Trapelus flavimaculatus

Synonym: Agama flavimaculata

Type: Diurnal lizards

Family: Agamidae

Nature Reserves: Irkaya


This is a medium size lizard with a total length smaller than 30 cm. It shows large variation in body colour from uniform brown to intense blue and red depending on the sex and physiological condition. During the reproductive season males acquire bright intense coloration. They can also change colour very fast when they are alarmed and their head becomes deep blue -this is the reason they are also called “blue headed” agamas. This is a diurnal species that can be found in open rocky areas with vegetation and in sandy areas. They eat insects and other small invertebrates. Females lay eggs

World Distribution:

The species is distributed in Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Qatar

Conservation status:

It is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List

Scientific publications:

We have only found 6 scientific publications about the species in international databases. Most studies are about physiology, and few about genetics and behaviour. No ecological information exists for this species in Qatar

Similar species:

None in Qatar


Rüppell, 1835