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Plumed Basilisk

Basiliscus plumifrons

Range

  • Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama

Habitat

  • Forests

Diet

  • Insects
  • Small mammals
  • Smaller species of lizards
  • Fruits
  • Flowers

Always within a quick dive’s length of water, this agile omnivore runs across water when birds or snakes threaten.

To stay afloat, this lizard’s specialized rear toes have fringes of skin that unfurl as it runs. These create air pockets as their legs rapidly windmill and slap against the water. Males alone have back and tail crests used to attract mates. Hatchlings emerge self-sufficient after being abandoned as eggs.

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