Sinai´s Agamid lizards | Dahab – Egypt
About two weeks ago Gülsah and me had a day out in the desert for her birthday. The guy living there kept two agamid lizards in a small aquarium like glass container. I took my chance and took a couple of close-ups of these colorful beauties. It was already a bit shady and the light wasn´t good, so I played around with my strobe and really like the result. We actually wanted to free them as well and we should have, but we didn´t.. 🙁
These two belong to the sub genus Uromastyx, which means as much as “spiny-tailed”. They´re primary herbivorous and spent most of their time basking in the sun. They´ve adapted perfect to the extremely hard conditions in the desert. They get their water by the vegetation they eat and ingest. Truly amazing animals and who thinks they´re small – they aren´t! These two guys were about 25cm-30cm. After a while and a couple dozens pictures they heated up, regained their strength and were trying to escape from us humans (I would to). So this guy came and told me to put them back into the auqarium. I did so with a bad feeling. Let me finish with the worst/weirdest part: he told me, they actually eat these lizards in some parts of egypt as a delicacy – again, it´s supposed to have some kind of healing powers etc bla bla bla.. We are the worst species of them all!
Tom is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker and Marine Biologist specializing in conservation imagery & film, photojournalism, and promotional tourism work. Tom has won several awards, his films have been screened on film festivals throughout the world, and his images and stories have been published in dozens of articles in international magazines.
Tom is based in Suva, Fiji Islands and shares his workload between environmental assignments and promotional tourism work throughout the Pacific. In 2020, Tom founded Pacific Media House, a company offering photography & film services all across the Pacific.
Tags: Animals, desert, Egypt, Lizards, Nature, Sinai, Terestrial life