A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Starred Agama

 Our neighbours cat very kindly brought this starred agama in for us but fortunately he was unhurt and after a few minutes in the sun he ran off over the wall, but not before I got this picture of him.

These reptiles live all over the Aegean and in Asiatic Turkey. This one is a juvenile but a fully grown adult will reach up to 30cm. They can change colour quite quickly responding to daylight and shade. This agama is a sun lover and lives in dry rocky areas so it will be quite at home among the ruins of Horio on Symi. His diet will be mainly insects but he will feed on small lizards, fruit and flowers as well. The head characteristically bobs up and down and it will hide in holes and crevices when threatened. A mature female will lay 6 to 10 eggs at a time and maybe 2 clutches a year.

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