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 recognisable moniker: the Jesus Christ lizard.
Abundant in 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 (1.5 metres) per second across the surface.
Average life span in captivity: Up to 10 years
Size: 2 to 2.5 ft (61 to 76 cm) including the tail
Weight: Up to 7 oz (200 g)
Did you know? Basilisk lizards are excellent swimmers and are capable of remaining underwater for up to 30 minutes.
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