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Red Headed Basilisk

The Red-Headed Basilisk is a vibrantly colorful lizard found in parts of the South American continent. Introduced in the Colombian island of Gorgona, this large-size creature is posing a threat to the ‘blue anole’, a reptile indigenous to the island.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylu Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Sauria or Iguania
    Family Corytophanidae
    Genus Basiliscus
    Species B. galeritus
    Scientific Name Basiliscusgaleritus


    Other Names Western basilisk
    Length 63.5 cm (25.0 in) to 77.5 cm (30.5 in)
    Coloration Dull green and gray body with the head being copper to orange red
    Distribution Western parts of Colombia and Ecuador, South America
    Habitat Tropical forests with green vegetation (where they can easily camouflage)
    Diet Omnivorous diet including flowers, buds, insects, worms, lizards and other smaller reptiles
    Clutch Size 5-15 eggs (average: 12)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on April 18th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 17th April 2017.

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