Sinai Agama, Pseudotrapelus sinaitus

The Sinai Agama (Pseudotrapelus sinaitus) is an agamid lizard. It’s found in arid areas in a variety of locations, including southeastern Libya, eastern Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, eastern Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Oman.

This lizard has a tail length of up to 9.8 inches, the tail accounting for up to 2/3 of the total length of the lizard. The tail and limbs are long and thin and allow for satisfactory running and climbing capabilities. Different from the members of the closely related genus Agama, the third toe is the longest rather than the fourth.

It is active during the day and it feeds on insects and other arthropods and plants. When breeding season takes place, the males become a striking blue color in order to attract the females. The female, however, adopts brownish-red colored spots.

Image Caption: Pseudotrapelus sinaitus at Peres river, Israel Credit: Lior Golgher/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 2.5)