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Why would this lizard be called Jesus Christ Lizard ?

The lizard is often called the Jesus Christ Lizard in Central America because of its seeming ability to walk on water. Most animals that attempt to walk or run across water immediately sink toward their supporting limb because water unlike solid ground offers little support or resistance.

The common basilisik is adroit on water because its feet are large and equipped with flaps of skin along the toes that allow it to catch on tiny air bubbles. When moving quickly, the lizard can cross a surface of water before sinking.

Green basilisks are omnivores, surviving on a diet of plant material, insects, fruit and small vertebrates. They are common throughout their range and have no special status but abundant natural predators like snakes and birds keep these amazing lizards on their toes.

These lizards are best kept as a show animal in a well planted vivarium with lots of branches they are not suited to handling. Of the four basilisik species, the green basilisik is the best choice for a captive.

Their long legs and tails allow them to run fast to escape danger. This is because they need their tails to help them balance when running and when climbing trees. The basilisik lizard is also known as the Jesus Christ lizard because it is able to run on water.

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