Photo: Savvas Zotos

Starred agama

Laudakia cypriaca

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Family:  Agamidae



Medium sized lizard with body length no more than 30cm. Head markedly triangular and flattened. Brightly rough skin with numerous bumps and spines on the dorsal surface, the flanks and tail. The back has dark gray color with yellowish and black spots. Of particular impression are the asteroid pale white formations in the backbone of individuals. The English name «Starred Agama» is owed to this formation. The abdomen usually has a pale white color. The representatives of the species are very fast runners and excellent climbers.

Basic biology:


Widespread on the island without preference for a specific habitat. Occupies almost all the ecosystems in the areas of occurrence although it prefers rocky surfaces, rock walls or piles and ruins of houses where can easily find refuge. Feeds on a wide range of terrestrial invertebrates, birds’ chicks, small mammals and fruits. Lays 3-10 large eggs in crevices or under stones and rocks during spring.

Distribution at Cyprus:

From the coast up to 1900 meters. 

Global distribution:

Greece, Asia Minor, Turkey, Middle East, Cyprus, north Egypt.



Protection status:


Map of confirmed presence:

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