14 February 2016

Yemen Agama – Tanoumah

The Anderson's Rock Agama Acanthocercus adramitanus is endemic to the Arabian Peninsula, where it is found in west and south Arabia, from Taif in Saudi Arabia southwards through Yemen to Dhofar in Oman. It is a common reptile and is the most common species of Agama in Yemen. It is a rock dwelling lizard mainly present in mountainous areas and is found to around 2,000 metres above sea level but the one photographed below was at 2200 metres above sea level at Tanumah Park in south-west Saudi Arabia. Populations can be found on vertical rocks, rock steps and amongst boulders often in the vicinity of water. They can occur in precipitous wadis surrounded by dense vegetation, with the animals usually seen on the top of boulders. They do not however require water, obtaining moisture from their insect prey. Mansur Al Fahad has kindly pointed out my mistake in the identification of this agama and it is in fact a Yemen Agama and not an Anderson's Rock Agama.
Anderson's Rock Agama