Green Basilisk

Basiliscus plumifrons

 

A member of the iguana family, the green basilisk lizard spends most of its time in the trees and is never far from water. When faced with danger, the basilisk will drop from a tree into the water and sprint across the water’s surface on specially designed feet to escape.

 

Fact File

pronunciationPronunciation: BAS-uh-lisk
lengthLength: 2 to 3 ft
weightWeight: Up to 7 oz
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Seeds, fruit, leaves, insects and other small animals