Stout body with variable colors; blotchy cross-bands; triangular head; sharp claws for climbing vertical surfaces. The subspecies short-toed agama (Laudakia stellio brachydactyla) has a yellower head and darker cross-bands. The subspecies black agama (Laudakia stellio picea) has a black body, generally with orange cross-bands.
Basks in the sun by day. Retreats into narrow crevices when disturbed. Strongly territorial, males oversee their territory from high spots and chase off other males while bobbing their heads.
Starred agamas feed on spiders, insects, and occasionally small lizards.
Rocky highlands in western Jordan, including Jerash, Amman, Karak, Shobak, and Petra. Laudakia stellio brachydactyla occurs in the south, including Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Laudakia stellio picea occurs in the Basalt Desert in northern Jordan.