or the Jesus Lizard, this lizard is one of the few that can actually run on the surface of the water…thus it’s nick name.When startled, the Common Basilisk escapes by speeding to the nearest edge of water and continues sprinting. The lizard runs on only its hind legs , holding its arms to its sides. This basilisk is successful in running on water because its feet are large and equipped with flaps of skin along the toes; when moving quickly, the lizard can cross a surface of water before sinking. On water it runs an average speed 5.2 mph, which is just a little slower than its speed on land.
is a lizard found in Central and South American rainforests near rivers and streams.
The species ranges from southwestern Nicaragua to northwestern Colombia on the Pacific side, and from central Panama to northwestern Venezuela on the Atlantic side..