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Brown Basilisk

(Basiliscus vittatus)


Category: Reptiles



Basilisks are native to Mexico, Central America, and northwestern Columbia. They have been nicknamed “Jesus Christ lizards” due to their ability to sprint quickly over the surface of water when fleeing predators, aided by their webbed feet. They are further distinguishable by their three crests on their head, body, and tail – if you’re lucky enough to spot one of these masters of camouflage.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Squamata
Family - Corytophanidae
Genus - Basiliscus
Species - B. vittatus

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Interesting Animal Facts

Please stop blaming snakes for everything

From Medusa to the Bible to Harry Potter, snakes have a bad reputation, but the vast majority are quite harmless - in fact, only about 20% of snakes are venomous, and the bites of less than 7% of snakes are considered medically important! Aside from venomous snakes, there are a few large constrictors that are dangerous, as well. But the truth is that the vast majority of snakes you come across in the wild would prefer to stay out of your way and be left alone! Even in Australia, the only continent in the world where venomous snakes outnumber the non-venomous, there are only 2-4 deaths by snake recorded each year. You are far more likely to be die from a bee sting - or another human - than be hurt by a snake!

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