Spring Break 2023: Agama picticauda

Agama picticauda, the African redhead agama;
Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023

While the pictures may suck, this was an awesome sighting. Featured here are two juvenile agamas, a non-native species I’ve seen plenty of times in Miami-Dade county but never in the Florida Everglades. These two agamas were making use of a pile of concrete debris, a result of recent construction, at the southern end of Everglades National Park — Flamingo. It’s a fairly safe guess that agamas were unwittingly transported down to Flamingo during recent construction efforts in this southern reach of the Florida Everglades. Anyhow, the agamas are going to take to this area like banshees. Agamas love rock walls and debris, and Flamingo is loaded with them. I suspect in a few years, there’ll be plenty of agamas all over the place in Flamingo.

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