Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)

The Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Basilisk due to its incredible feat to run on water, is one of the four species of the Basiliscus genus and of three species to occur in Costa Rica. The similar Common Basilisk is brown with two yellow lines that run one through they, and a thicker one from below the eye, both ending in the upper portions of the back. The Plumed Basilisk is green, and the male has a big crest that protudes both on the head, back and tail. Most of its body is green with light blue spots around the back, a color pattern that lets it camouflage very easily in foliage and vegetation, particularly during the morning when they bask in the sun to warm up their bodies. Both their fingers and toes are very large, with scales that can be extended, increasing the effective surface area of their feet and enabling them to run over water for short distances, up to 20 meters.

The Green Basilisk or “Jesuschrist Lizard” resting on a rock, with the crests clearly visible on both the head, back and tail.
Note the bright yellow eye of the lizard. Its crest can be raised to signal that it is angry or is defending its territory.
A female basilisk, this time on the ground. It stayed there for a few minutes under the coverage of vegetation.

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