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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. 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 the Reptile exhibition at the InBio Park in Santo Domingo, Heredia, Costa Rica. Its natural range covers a swath from Mexico to Ecuador.


This lizard is able to run short distances across water using both its feet and tail for supports. 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.

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1 Comment

Isabela 3 years ago

Wonderful shot!!

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Provincia Heredia, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 26, 2013
Submitted on Sep 29, 2013


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