|Copyright: DEVENDRA BHARDWAJ (DevendraBhardwa)
|Date Taken: 2014-06-29|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-07-02 2:23|
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|Trapelus agilis (OLIVIER, 1807)-|
Thar Desert,Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India where this lizard is common. The area is rocky with patches of sandy soil. The vegetation of the area mainly consists of xerophytic thorny shrubs. The climate is extreme in winter as well as in summer. Maximum temperature in summer rises up to 50°C while it falls down up to 4°C in winter.The rainfall is scarce; average rainfall being 100 mm. They used burrows ,main activity season (from March to October). Trapelus agilis hibernates in winter months (November to February). Female of Agama agilis Olivier always lives in burrow. Most of the burrows remain covered by the shrubs of Capparis decidua (KER), Euphorbia (THOR), Salvadora oleoides (JAL), and Leptadaenia (KHEEP). Males never dig burrows and remain hidden under the stones, between the stones, cervices of stones and sometime in the burrow of female of agama, other lizards and rodents for short time. It has been concluded that the habitat selection and preference in Trapelus agilis depends on the local environment, sex, body size, morphology and feeding habit.
REFERENCES- Chhaya Bhatnagar at al (2011) habitat preference of trapelus agilis olivier
in thar desert of jaisalmer, india Russian Journal of Herpetology, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2012, pp. 207 – 211
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Hello Devendra-Beautiful species and well captured.Well managed BG.Like its pose.Wish one day I will visit Rajasthan which is my dream science Childhood.Thanks for sharing your work.Regards-Srikumar from kolkata
- [2014-07-03 2:29]
Beautiful and interesting animal. I like it, great colors. Very nice picture, thank you for sharing it. Saludos.
nice agama, TFS Ori
Intriguing colours for a desert lizard. Good details but a pity you had to truncate its tail.
Amazing lizard Devendra! The colours are fantastic!