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Emerald Basilisk (Jesus Christ Lizard)

Basiliscus plumifrons


The Emerald Basilisk, is called Jesus Christ Lizard because he can walk on the water. This basilisk is so adroit on water because its feet are large and equipped with flaps of skin along the toes, when moving quickly, the lizard can cross a surface of water before sinking. On water it runs an average speed of 8.4 km/h (or 5.2 mph), which is just a little slower than its speed on land. Younger basilisks can run 10 to 20 meters on water, while adults cross only a few meters before sinking. Adults do not move slowly, but they weigh more and cannot sprint for as long a time. Once a basilisk submerges, it continues swimming until it is sufficiently far from its pursuer—if the predator has followed past the bank.


Abundant in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America, from southern Mexico to Ecuador and Venezuela.

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williefromwi 8 years ago

very nicely captured

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

fantastic !

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago


TaylorClarke3 8 years ago

Can i have one? haha

Amazing spotting Marie,congrats and thanks for sharing

RiekoS 8 years ago

What a good pose it made for you. Fantastic.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago


Thanks a lot everybody for your nice comments.....

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow extraordinary reptile :)

KarenL 8 years ago

Awesome capture!

harsuame 8 years ago

bello reptil::

Amazing !

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

prehistoric !!

Leon, León, Nicaragua

Spotted on Jan 22, 2011
Submitted on Jan 1, 2013

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