Blue Head or Bloukop

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Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby cornishrex_rules » Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:49 pm

Not sure but is this the Bloukop or Blue Headed Lizard???

Oh I found him at the home office where I work this afternoon.

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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Fooble » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:37 pm

Blue Headed Lizard is it's common name im pretty sure
"Bloukop Koggelmander (Blue Head Agama)" is what i found online about it.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby cornishrex_rules » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:00 pm

The yellow down his back is really nice. I forgot to google it. Silly me I am constantly gooling stuff.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Bushviper » Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:33 am

If you can bring him some meal worms on a regular basis and put this in an escape proof bowl at the base of the tree he would appreciate that. He will also enjoy the meal worm beetles which most people do not use as food in any case. If he is the strongest and prettiest in the area he will attract females. By supplementing his feeding you will be helping him get a girl this season.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby MV » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:04 pm

And they do get rather used to having people around...
In primary school I the workers were busy digging holes, when they dug into a nest, I rescued the ones I could, threw out my lunch and put them in my lunchbox as they were in the sand. I took them home that day and reburied them in a nice spot in the garden, about two weeks later they hatched, I could only see 4, and they stayed in the same garden for the next 3 years we lived there...was pretty cool
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Whitelipp » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:21 am

Well they are called the Tree Agama. Yes they are also referred to as the blue headed lizard. But the reason for them not being called the blue headed tree agama is because the females do not have blue heads.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Whitelipp » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:26 am

Ok I just googled it now. And apparently you do get a Blue Headed tree agama. But the "Bloukop koggelmander" you find down in the lowveld and the Hoedspruit area all have blue heads(the males) and it stops at the shoulders. These are your normal tree agamas and the females then do not have blue heads.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Buck Rogers » Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:42 pm

Has anyone had any success keeping these?anyone breeding them in the country??


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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby drummer » Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:52 pm

Bloukop is a very vague name for these guys as said. Even a few species found in the karoo are referred to as bloukops. A genereal name for agamas in south africa. The exact one you have pictured is a Southern Tree Agama (Acanthocercus atricollis)

i remember keeping these as a young kid but not for long lol. Always had bite marks on my hands from catching these guys... real good memories...my folks shoulda seen it coming from then haha!!
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Mongoose » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:09 pm

They are infact not true agamas like the other Agama.

They do get very colourful and pretty.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Buck Rogers » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:37 pm

Mongoose - why are they not true agamas, what then is a true agama?
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Mongoose » Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:48 pm

They belong to the genus of Acanthocercus and not Agama.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby fredsmith » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:05 am

Bloukop mannetjie!!!
Haven't seen one of these in a good few years!
I kept a couple as a kid in Pmb back in the day they make awesome pets. Much more interesting in my opinion than a beardie...
These guys will eat just about anything creepy crawly and settle down very well.

Does anyone keep these in Joeys and does anyone know if permits would be required?
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby Bushviper » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:22 am

Except for KZN, permits are required for any reptile species which occurs within the borders of South Africa.
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Re: Blue Head or Bloukop

Postby fredsmith » Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:33 am

K..

Does anyone breed or keep these up here in Joeys?
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