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Plumed Basilisk

Basiliscus plumifrons


The plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons, also called a green basilisk, double crested basilisk, or Jesus Christ lizard, is a species of corytophanid native to Latin America. Its natural range covers a swath from Mexico to Ecuador. Plumed basilisks are bright green with small bluish spots along the dorsal ridge. These lizards may grow up to 3 ft (1 m) in length (most of which is tail), with an average length of about 2 ft (0.6 m). Males have three crests: one on the head, one on their back, and one on the tail. The females, however, only have one crest, on the head.


Seen in Selva Verde Lodge, Costa Rica. Plumifrons lives in Central America from Honduras to Panama, in the rain forests along waterways mainly in trees.

Notes: This lizard is able to run short distances across water using both its feet and tail for support In Costa Rica, this has earned the plumed basilisk the nickname "Jesus Christ lizard". It is also an excellent swimmer and can stay under water for up to 30 minutes.


pamsai 8 years ago

Yes bayucca, that was my guess also...

bayucca 8 years ago

That was actually also my question! From the size I would guess a juvenile, probably a female. But i am really not sure. I am not so familiar with reptiles...

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks bayucca. Do you think this is an immature one, or a female?

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Heredia, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 18, 2013
Submitted on Sep 28, 2013

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