Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jesus Christ Lizard

Along the Villa Lapas streamside Common Basilisk lizards basked. These reptiles are found from Nicaragua to northern South America, usually near streams. In Costa Rica, most are found on the Pacific slope (which is where we were on 2 June 2017).

They are also known as Jesus Christ Lizards. When disturbed, they run on their hind legs across the water surface. They have flaps of skin on their hind toes, which maintain their buoyancy. The lizard also runs at about 5 mph, fast enough to keep from sinking. Old lizards are heavier than young ones, and often sink, after which they swim away from pursuers (Wikipedia).

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