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Peninsular Rock Agama

Peninsular Rock Agama:

A study has been carried out by researchers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru to understand several environmental factors (including urbanisation) that could affect the presence of the Peninsular Rock Agama/ South Indian Rock Agama.

  • The Peninsular Rock Agama (Psammophilus dorsalis) which is a type of garden lizard has a strong presence in southern India.
  • This lizard is a large animal, strikingly coloured in orange and black.
  • They do not generate their own body heat, so they need to seek warmth from external sources like a warm rock or a sunny spot on the wall.
  • It is majorly found in India (Asia).
  • Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar hosts the population of the lizard.
  • Habitat: It belongs to the Precocial Species.
  • Precocial species are those in which the young are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of birth or hatching.
  • Protection Status:
  • IUCN Red List: Least Concern