No, I have not lost my mind (yet) nor am I creating my own language. Agama, agama is actually a real word. The word's origin is African and it means lizard.
But not just any lizard.
I have seen quite a few varieties of lizards, mostly in Florida.
Some really big ones.
Some not so big ones.
Some with curly tails.
Some with straight tails.
Some black ones.
Some brown ones.
And some with colorful dewlaps.
But I had not seen an Agama, agama until this year.
This non-native lizard was first found in Florida in 1976. These lizards come in a West African subspecies and an East African subspecies. And the ones I spotted in Stuart come from the West African subspecies.
The breeding males of this subspecies have brilliant orange heads, and an indigo blue or black body and legs. Their tail is bluish white at the base and has an orange middle area and black tail tip.
Females and young agamas are a yellow or earth color on their backs with some barring marks.
These creatures eat ants, grasshoppers, and beetles in their native Africa. In Florida they feed on ants, spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and katydids along with flowers, grass, dead leaves, and human food such as candy, bread crumbs, pieces of carrots.
Females reach sexual maturity when they are 14-18 months old, males are mature at 2 years. The African redhead lizard reproduces during the wet season although they can reproduce nearly year round in areas with consistent rainfall.
In Florida, African redhead lizards, also called African rainbow lizards, are seen in urban areas on rocks, walls, sidewalks, rooftops and on trees.
Agama, agama...Lizard, lizard.