Basilisk Basiliscus basiliscus
Costa Rica to northwest South America
Males have a tail dorsal crest.
Basilisk is an iguana lizard and named after the Male Basilisks
grow up to 2 feet (60.96cm) in length including their long tapering
tail, while females are slightly smaller. The adult male has the
splendid crest of skin on the head and down the back, it attains
this as it reaches maturity whereas neither young Basilisks nor
the females have such a feature.
the rear legs, attached to long legs, look like those of a frog,
they are not webbed. The Basilisk can however run on water, giving
rise in South America of one of its alternative names, the Jesus
Christo lizard .
habitat of the Basilisks is among shrubs and trees with water nearby.
The water provides an escape route for flight if the Basilisk is
disturbed. It will either head for the bottom waiting until the
danger has passed, or run over the surface of the water with its
eat plants and insects and unlike deadly original serpent basilisk
which could simply kill by its glance, the Basilisk iguana is harmless.
Breeding: The common Basilisk female digs a hole about 3 inches
(7.62cm) deep into which she lays her clutch of around a dozen eggs
which are then covered with soil and leaves. They remain there for
around 3 months by which time the young basilisk is ready to cut
their way out of the shell using their egg-tooth, emerging after
a rather lengthy process; which can take a few hours, about 3 inches