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Jesus Christ Lizard

Plumed basilisk


The Jesus Christ Lizard, also known as the Basilisk, is named for its ability to run on the surface of water. This type of Basilisk is known as the Plumed Basilisk or Green Basilisk due to its bright green color that provides excellent camouflage in the dense rain forest where it lives. This lizard is clearly a male due to the crest on its head, along with the other two crests along its back and tail. It also has small bluish spots along the dorsal ridge and black stripes on its tail. It was about 80 cm long, including its tail.


Tropical rain forest of Cahuita National Park on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica


Spotted in Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

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Archer 07
Archer 07 7 years ago

What a beautiful lizard. I have never seen one before.

Thank you all for the nice comments! :-)

Nacho Garcia
Nacho Garcia 8 years ago

Wonderful shade of green , magnificent specimen !

Oh so that is where it got its name! Very informative and beautiful photo Yaniv and Sarit! :)

CalebSteindel 8 years ago

awesome photography!

jeslowery 8 years ago


Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on Mar 19, 2015
Submitted on May 16, 2015

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