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Green Basilisk: here’s the scoop

threats

Loss of primary forest habitat resulting from the impacts of expanding human populations.

Species

Green Basilisk

Scientific name

Basiliscus plumifrons

Habitat

This semiaquatic, semiarboreal species lives on stream courses with considerable stands of trees still intact in tropical rainforests

Diet

Omnivorous. Feeding on plant material, insects, fruits and small vertebrates

life expectancy

10 years

Did you know?

Green basilisks spend much of their time up in the trees and are never far from water. When threatened, they can drop from a tree into the water and sprint upright, essentially walking on water. Due to this natural behavior, they’ve been nicknamed the Jesus Christ lizard.

Range

Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant