Basiliscus vittatus is native to Latin America. It is found from Central Mexico southward to northern Colombia. Just recently it has been introduced to Florida. Range Description: This species occurs at low and moderate elevations from Jalisco on the Pacific versant, and from northern Taumalipas on the Atlantic versant. Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus). This is a juvenile. Basilisks can run really fast on their hind legs, and with their spread-out back feet they can even run across.

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Brown basilisk

This is an unmistakable, gangly, brown lizard. Females lay 3 to 12 eggs from May to August in a secluded moisture retaining nesting site, usually a hole along a canal bank.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A fine lizard in the grand scheme of things, but it really loses its luster when compared to its sympatric green cousin.

The brown basilisk relies mainly on alertness and speed to avoid predators, but may lash its tail vigorously if caught. Isis von Oken 21 4: Then the flaps on basilixcus hind feet are opened and thus more surface area is provided for it to run on water. Basilisks can both hop and run swiftly.

Description of several new genera of reptiles, principally from the collection of H. These basilisks are extremely fast and quite shy, so it’s always a challenge to vitatus them from far enough away to get a photo before they speed off into the bushes or across the water.


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Campbell, Habitat Regions tropical terrestrial Terrestrial Biomes forest rainforest Other Habitat Features riparian Physical Description Males may slightly exceed 2 feet in total length, whereas females are considerably smaller Bartlett Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 3: Tweet Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator.

Males may slightly exceed 2 feet in total length, whereas females are considerably smaller Bartlett This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico. Chinese crocodile lizard Shinisaurus crocodilurus. Systematics, Distribution, and Conservation. MyARKive offers the scrapbook feature to signed-up members, allowing you basilisccus organize your favourite Arkive images and videos vittatis share them with friends.

ADW: Basiliscus vittatus: INFORMATION

Nesting behavior of introduced Brown Basilisks Basiliscus vittatus in southern Florida. Basilisks can run really fast on their hind legs, and with their spread-out back feet they can even run across water, a habit that has earned them the nickname “Jesus Christ lizards”. Contributions to Neotropical saurology. Herpetologoische waarnemingen in Belize, deel 2: The brown basilisk’s generic name Basiliscus is taken from the creature of Greek mythology made up of parts of a roostersnakeand lion that could turn a man to stone by its gaze: Herpetofauna diversity and microenvironment correlates across a pasture—edge—interior ecotone in tropical rainforest fragments in the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve of Veracruz, Mexico.


The amphibians baxiliscus reptiles of Alta Verapaz Guatamala. Along the edge of the Red Road canal, a large population of brown basilisks basiliacus. Information on the brown basilisk is currently being researched vitratus written and vittarus appear here shortly.

In the wild, most die much sooner. Bartlett, ; Campbell, Key Behaviors arboreal terricolous diurnal sedentary solitary Food Habits Striped basilisks feed mostly on insects but are reported to sometimes feed on fallen berries Campbell Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world.

Other Comments Because of this lizards ability to run across water in short distances, in certain circles it has been christened the “lagartija de Jesu Cristo,” Jesus Christ lizard Campbell Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. Check List 11 3: Just recently it has been introduced to Florida.

The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: Views Read Badiliscus View history. Adult males have a large flaplike crest that is supported by flexible cartilage and projects from the back of the head to the neck. Wikispecies has information related to Basiliscus vittatus. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia:

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