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Jesus Lizard

Jesus lizards are found in parts of the continent of South America. It gets its name from its ability to run on the water surface.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Corytophanidae
    Genus Basiliscus
    Species B. basiliscus
    Scientific Name Basiliscus basiliscus

    Other Names Common Basilisk, South American Jesus lizard, Jesus Christ lizard, Lagarto de Jesus Cristo
    Length Up to 2.5 feet
    Coloration Dull brown base with bright chocolate vertical and uneven lines
    Distribution Central and South American rainforests
    Habitat Near rivers and streams
    Diet Omnivore; insects, flowers, small vertebrates including snakes, birds, eggs, and fish
    Breeding Season Around March
    Clutch Size 10–20 eggs per clutch
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 5th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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