Plumed Basilisks


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Plumed basilisks for sale.

The green basilisk lizard is also called a plumed or double-crested basilisk; but its amazing ability to run on water gives this species its most recognizable name: the Jesus Christ lizard.

Native to the tropical rain forests of Central America, from southern Mexico to Panama, green basilisks spend much of their time in the trees and are never far from a body of water. When threatened, they can drop from a tree into the water and sprint, upright, about 5 feet per second across the surface.

Part of the iguana family, green basilisks grow to about 2 feet in length, including their long, whip-like tail. Males have distinctive, high crests on their heads and backs, which they use to impress females.


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