Phrynocephalus – Toad-headed agamas

Body of a lizard, head of a toad!

Phrynocephalus is a genus of medium-sized agamid lizards found all over eastern Europe and Asia.

These lizards are commonly known as toad-headed lizards because of the peculiar shape of their heads. Usually, a lizard has a flattened head, but these lizards have a broad and big head, resembling closely that of a toad, hence the name.

They are usually found in arid and semi-arid regions. They are ambush predators and have adopted the “sit and wait technique,” in which they hide and stay still, wasting an incredible amount of time for prey to fall into their grasp.