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Jesus-Christ Lizard

Basiliscus basiliscus

Description:

The common basilisk can be distinguished from similar species within its range by its large size and the high fin-like crests down its back. Males also have high crests on their heads and tails. Both sexes are brown to olive, and have a white, cream or yellow stripe on the upper lip and a second stripe along either side of their bodies; these stripes have higher contrast in juveniles and fade as the lizards age. Adults can grow up to two and a half feet long. They have been known to run up to 7 mph (11 km/h). While the basilisk is most known for its ability to run on water, it is also an excellent climber and swimmer; the basilisk has been known to stay under water for up to half an hour.

Habitat:

Near Cerro Chato

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7 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks sunnyjosef :-)

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Great find Marta..

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks staccyh! :-)

staccyh
staccyh 6 years ago

Such a great series once again Marta! :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks for liking the basilisk, people! :-)
@Maria: No, I had no idea and actually I am getting surprised myself! At first I calculated that I had seen around 100 species but I was wrong because I am still showing half trip spottings and I am already by more than 200 spottings! A few are repeated species seen in different places or to show the sexual dimorphism..but still, I am very happy and looking forward to the total count of species for this trip. A few are excluded because of the bad quality of the pictures so I could even have more :-)

Awesome !

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Very nice portrait, Marta! Any idea how many species of animals you saw during your recent trip?

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Apr 14, 2014
Submitted on Jun 20, 2014

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