©1995 Melissa Kaplan
Most Phyrnocephalus' are oviparous (egg layers), producing several clutches of 1-6 eggs each year. Species from the more northern areas of the range and those residing at higher elevations tend to be ovoviviparous (retains uncalcified eggs inside until they hatch).
P. guttata. Tail Roller. Western Asia to extreme southeastern USSR. Keep on sand. To 5-5.25" (13 cm).
P. helioscopus. Sun-gazing Agamid. Trans-Caucasus to Mongolia. Rocky steppes. Head quite round, snout turned up slightly. Most likely to survive in captivity. To 4.8-5" (12 cm).
P. interscaplularis. Spiny Toad-Head. Asia. Dune regions with some growth. Difficult to keep. To 4" (10 cm).
P. mystaceus. Bearded Toad-Head. Central Asia, northern Iran, Afghanistan. Steppes and deserts. Spines at corners of mouth that can be erected when threatened, enlarging the appearance of the mouth to almost 3 x its usual size. Toes distinctly fringed. Does relatively well in captivity (only compared with how poorly most of them do...) To 10" (25 cm).
TIGR Reptile Database: Agamidae
Obst, FJ et al. The Completely Illustrated Atlas of Reptiles and Amphibians for the Terrarium. 1988. TFH Publications, Inc. Neptune City, NJ.
There are a number of interesting websites that discuss Phyrnocephalus, many including photos of different species, but the sites tend to be in Russian, Dutch, and other languages. There are various online text translators you may use to translate the pages not in English.
Need to update a veterinary or herp society/rescue listing?
|Clean/Disinfect||Green Iguanas & Cyclura||Kids||Prey||Veterinarians|
|Home||About Melissa Kaplan||CND||Lyme Disease||Zoonoses|
|Help Support This Site||Emergency Preparedness|
© 1994-2013 Melissa Kaplan or as otherwise noted by other authors of articles on this site