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  • 09 August, 2022

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Rock Agama

Rock Agama

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) conducted a survey to determine the precise locations of the rock agama in and around Bengaluru.

About rock agama

  • It is a particular kind of garden lizard that is widely distributed in southern India.
  • It is a big animal with eye-catching orange and black colouring.
  • They need to find external sources of heat, such as a heated rock or a sunny area on the wall, as they cannot produce their own body heat.
  • They are crucial to ecology in a variety of ways, including the ability to identify which urban areas are warming and the ability to quantify changes in the food chain.

Threats:

  • The presence of animals, insects, etc in urban areas has been impacted by habitat loss and other aspects of urbanization.
  • The rocky scrub habitats that the rock agama depends on are being turned into structures and plantations.

Conservation

  • The majority of their habitats are rocky terrain and warm regions specifically in Bangaluru.
  • Therefore, conservation efforts must be adopted by including the local people as rock agama is also an important indicator for the ecosystem.

Source: The Hindu


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