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“And now for something completely different” (sorry about that but I’ve got Monty Python on my mind after learning that the renowned British comics are set to stage a reunion show at the O2 in London) What I mean is that this shot is not at all my kind of thing but by way of a change I thought that some of you may like this colourful chap. He’s not a python and he’s not a character from Lisa’s beloved Dr Who, he is a Red Headed Rock Agama sunning himself on a wall in Etosha.

As the name suggests, these Agamas are brightly coloured with a red head. This is true for dominate males; they have an orange to red head with a blue body with some white speckles along the back. They are a semi desert dwelling species that live within rock crevices. If close to man, they may even live within their huts or gardens.

The males are territorial, claiming small to medium patches of land which they defend against other mature males. Juveniles and females reside within the territories unchallenged. The mature males become agitated when confronting each other, nodding vigorously, arching, skipping sideways, and clashing tails. The loser is chased out of the territory. During mating season, males do "push-ups" to attract females.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2671 W: 74 N: 6502] (29584)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-01-11
  • Categories: Humorous, Nature
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-23 22:37
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