Meet The Spiderman Lizard, Peter Parker’s Reptile Counterpart


While the Mwanza flat-headed rock agama has been kept as a pet for decades, it only gained marvelous popularity in the last few years. This is unsurprising. The lizard resembles our beloved Marvel superhero, Spiderman, and the resemblance is just uncanny! Living primarily in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya, this little guy is not a world-famous Spiderman lizard star. 

Meet The Spiderman Lizard, Peter Parker's Reptile Counterpart
via Wikimedia Commons/Gaurav Pandit

Peter Parker, are you listening?

The Spiderman lizard, as the name suggests, is a man. There’s a pun in there; there never was a spider woman, huh? The males of this species can grow up to a foot, though they average to 6-9 inches. The head, neck and shoulders of these boys are red, sometimes bright violet, while the rest of their bodies are blue, just like Spiderman’s. And much like their Marvel superhero namesake, the Mwanza flat-headed rock agamas can climb walls! The females, though, are brown in color and usually smaller than the males.

Fun fact, they like being dominated by the males. (TMI?)

Even though these lizards can’t throw webs, they have the chameleon trait of changing their color. The males of this species can go brown at nights, and when feeling dominant, develop white spots over their bodies. So much fun in such a little thing? The Mwanza flat-headed rock agamas make easy pets, because they can be tamed and made to be docile.

However, since these are creatures of the deserts and spend the daytime at home basking in the sun while sitting on rocks, you will have to maintain the temperature of their terrarium. And if you’re feeling especially generous and compassionate, add some sand and branches to make them feel at home. 

Their diet usually consists of bugs like crickets, and worms and roaches. if you bring one of these home, this is what you’re going to have to feed them. Yum?

While you’re getting the Spiderman lizard for your entertainment, make sure they are entertained too. Breed them in pairs of three – two males and one female – and watch the dominance spew you Spiderman lizard babies! 

You’ll also like the real life Yoda!


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