Stellagama stellio stellio
Stellagama is a monotypic genus of agamid lizards containing the single species Stellagama stellio. Common names for the species include stellion, hardim, hardun, star lizard, painted dragon, starred agama, sling-tailed agama and roughtail rock agama. It is found in Greece, Southwest Asia, and Northeast Africa.
Total length is up to 35 cm or slightly longer. Like many agamids, stellions can change color to express their moods. They bask on stone walls, rocks, and trees. They are usually found in rocky habitats, and are quite shy, being very ready to dive into cracks to hide from potential predators.
The name "stellion" comes from Latin stellio, stēlio (stelliōn-, stēliōn-), which referred to any spotted lizard, from stella, star.
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- Amr, Z. S. S., et al. 2012. Stellagma stellio. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2.
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