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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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University of Texas Press, Austin, pp. Basilisks are capable of climbing, running, and swimming, all with equal facility.

Brown basilisk

Striped basilisks feed mostly on vitattus but are reported to sometimes feed on fallen berries Campbell Herpetological Review 31 4: Check List 11 3: These three are all large adults. A study of the species of the genus Basiliscus.

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They are able to run over still water when they are startled. Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: This is an alert, agile, speed-demon of a lizard Bartlett Wikispecies has basliiscus related to Basiliscus vittatus. Which species are on the road to recovery?

Notes on the Herpetofauna of Western Mexico Just recently it has been introduced to Florida. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: It has a three-part dorsal crest on the head, along the back, and along the tail. Coloration is brown or olive brown with black crossbands. Referring to something living or located adjacent to a waterbody usually, but not always, a river or stream.

Basiliscus vittatus is native to Latin America.

The crossbands are usually only on the flanks and on the dorsal crest. Reptiles of Central America, 2nd Edition.

basilliscus 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 Biogeographic Regions nearctic introduced native neotropical native Habitat This species can be found in tropical and subtropical wet, moist, and dry forests.


This lizard is quite arboreal, and can be seen in bushes and the lower branches of trees or thickets, but also spends time on the ground Campbell Bsailiscus of Unusual Size. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico.

ADW: Basiliscus vittatus: INFORMATION

Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 3: Costa Rica — ein herpetologisches Paradies!. It occurs in dense vegetation along the margin of practically any body of water. Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. At night it can be found sleeping in vine-covered thickets or in the open on low bushes Campbell The first four here are in order of increasing age and size, from a tiny hatchling cute!

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