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Question about reptile species

Discussion in 'Help *General*' started by Gevaudan, Dec 2, 2004.

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  1. Gevaudan

    Gevaudan Elite Member

    At our local pet store, Before the new owners bought the store, only a little over a month ago, The old owners had these three lizards, which they say were Rainbow ... agama??? and ornate climbers?? If thats correct. Well, seems the people who own the store now, want to hurry and cell these lizards, because they want new stock in... I will post a pic of each of these lizards. can anyone tell me anything about these lizards (if that is what they are called, etc) they have dropped the prices RIGHT down, and still nobody will buy them. i think they went from 50 dollars to 25$

    http://www.myzer.com/tradingpost/messages/57167/61131.jpg -ornate climber

    http://www.myzer.com/tradingpost/messages/57167/61125.jpg and
    http://www.myzer.com/tradingpost/messages/57167/61126.jpg - rainbow agamas... Please let me know... they are VERY lovely lizards, and at a price like that, and having a spare aquarium, i am very curious into these, and maybe a purchise of one, or two... :) who knows thank you
    Jo
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

  3. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Hmm, rainbow agamas also go by the names common agama, red headed agama, and more commonlly, the red headed rcok agama. Scientific name, Agama agama. Mature males have blue and black bodies with reddish-pink heads. The ones in your pics sorta look like juvies, but only the spotted ones. Never seen one quite like this one:
    http://www.myzer.com/tradingpost/messages/57167/61125.jpg

    The one in Merlin's link don't look anything like the rainbow agamas I'm talking about though. Like many uncommon herps, there are most likely several different agamas going by the same common name, in this case, "rainbow agama". I took a look around the site and considering their "rainbow" is in a wet habitat, and has smooth scales and different colors, plus they had one other lizard mislabeled, and most of the chameleons were unidentified, I doubt the one at that site is a true rainbow agama.

    Well, at this moment I don't have much info on them. I know they live in dry, rocky areas in Africa somewhere. Here's some links that have good pics, but nothing for captive care:
    http://www.wildherps.com/species/A.agama.html
    http://www.junglephotos.com/africa/afanimals/reptiles/rbowlizard.shtml
    This site has some helpful info about them in the wild, which could help you figure out what they need in captivity:
    http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Agama_agama.html

    As for the "ornate climber", I highly doubt that's its real name. It sounds pretty fake, plus I can find 0 info on them. You don't have a better pic do you? I can't get a good look at it. Even if I could though, it'd be really hard to ID.
     
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