Southern rock and Knobel's agama
Lizards | Namibia
Introduction: Southern rock and Knobel's agama (Agama atra) is a large agama with considerably-sized limbs supporting a flattened body. The scales on the back though are unusually small. They prefer a habitat of rocky outcrops and mountain plateau's, but have been known to shelter under barks of dead trees and rocky plains.
This species form colonies of up to 150 lizards per/ha and both males and females will form hierarchies consistent with territorial behaviour with a dominant male and female. A characteristic of the dominant male is that he will perch on the highest point of his territory and nod his head as a signal for lesser lizards to pay due lizard respect by clearing off, leaving him to mate with a horny dominant female.
Rocks are hugged in times of danger and the brightly-coloured head fades to become camouflaged against lichen-covered rock and if this defence mechanism fails they will scamper off, jumping from boulder to boulder until they can locate a deep crack to hide. Unfortunately rock kestrels and other predators are on the look-out and juveniles often fall prey to snakes.
Diet: Termites, ants and on occasions grasshoppers and beetles. Plant material may also be eaten.
Colouring: Adult males are a tan, creamy and dark-brown colour on the upper body with an off-white belly and a greyish-white tail to yellow with dark crossbands.
Breeding: Females develop their eggs in August to September and lay an initial clutch of between 7 to 18 eggs around January/February time. Incubation periods are 2 or 3 months.
Size: SVL 70 to 120mm. Max SVL 135mm.
Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures
An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm
Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post
The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia
A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment
Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.