Friday, March 9, 2018

Green Basilisk and Green Iguana

Both Green Basilisks, Basiliscus plumifrons, and Green Iguanas, Iguana iguana, hugged the tree limbs we passed under as we floated up and down the Rio Frio near the Hotel de Campo in northern Costa Rica.

Green Basilisks are among the largest of the Jesus Christ lizards. They get that name from their ability to run short distances across water. They can also swim on the water surface or dive to river depths. They are found from Honduras to Panama.

Green Iguanas are common across much of South and Central America. They are herbivores. Although difficult to properly care for, they are often kept as pets. Escaped populations exist in Florida, south Texas, and Hawaii. We saw many during our travels in Costa Rica.

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