The Jesus Christ Lizard

Lizard). Photo taken in Manual Antonio, Costa Rica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)”]Common Basilisk (or Jesus [Christ] Lizard). Ph...Green Basilisk Lizards, Green Basilisk Lizard Pictures, Green Basilisk Lizard Facts – National Geographic.

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The Basilisk Lizard, aka the Jesus Christ Lizard, has a pretty nifty adaptation. They can “walk” on water. Now if you’re like me, you probably recall the basilisk from Harry Potter. Obviously these two creatures are vastly different. The basilisk “can run at a velocity of 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) per second for approximately 4.5 meters (14.8 ft) before sinking on all fours and swimming” (#1). There are flaps between their toes to help increase surface area and create air pockets. 

See the basilisk in action!


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  2. Nat Geo

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