Green Basilisk Lizard

Thanks to super speed and specially-designed feet, the basilisk lizard can run on water… an ability that makes it deadly to insects, and has led people to call it the “Jesus Christ Lizard.”

Green basilisk lizards can avoid danger by darting across water. They have specially designed feet and a unique running style that keeps them from sinking.

Photograph by Joe McDonald/ Animals-Earth Scenes


Map: Green basilisk lizard range

Green Basilisk Lizard Range

Fast Facts

Average life span in captivity:
Up to 10 years
2 to 2.5 ft (61 to 76 cm) including the tail
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.
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Illustration: Green basilisk lizard compared with adult man


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