(Last Updated on : 02-03-2016)
Himalayan agama is an Indian Reptile
that bears a scientific name "Paralaudakia himalayana
" found in the Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia and Pan Asia.
Category of Himalayan Agama
Himalayan Agama is an Agamid Lizard.
Structure of Himalayan Agama
Himalayan Agama has the head much depressed. The snouts of Himalayan Agama are slightly longer than diameter of orbit. The nostril is lateral. Below the canthus rostralis is slightly tubular.
Head of Himalayan Agama
The Upper head-scales of Himalayan Agama are smooth. The occipital is not enlarged; small closely set spinose scales on the head near the ear, and on the neck; ear entirely exposed, larger than the eye-opening.
Throat of Himalayan Agama
The throat is strongly plicate; no gular pouch. Body depressed, with a more or less distinct fold on each side of the back; scales on the neck and sides small, smooth or very feebly keeled, uniform, those on the vertebral region enlarged, equal, roundish-hexagonal, imbricate, smooth or very feebly keeled; ventral scales smooth, a little smaller than the enlarged dorsals.
Limbs of Himalayan Agama
Limbs of Himalayan Agama are strong, with compressed digits; the scales on the upper surface large and strongly keeled; fourth finger slightly longer than third; fourth toe considerably longer than third, the extremity of the claw of the latter not reaching the base of the claw of the former; fifth toe extending beyond first.
Tails of Himalayan Agama
The tail is rounded. It is much depressed at the base. It is covered with moderate-sized strongly keeled scales arranged in rings; its length equals 2.5 to 3 times the distance from gular fold to vent. The males of Himalayan Agama are with a double or triple row of thickened pre-anal scales. Olive above, marbled with black, and generally with round light spots producing a network; sometimes the black spots forming a festooned band on each side of the vertebral line; the male's throat marbled with blackish.
Concentration of Himalayan Agama
Himalayan Agama are widely distributed in North Eastern part of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir
, Nepal, China (Xinjiang), South Eastern part of Turkmenistan, eastward through West Tajikistan to West Kyrgyzstan and Eastern part of Uzbekistan. Himalayan agamas are also found in Leh District
and Kargil District
, Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.