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Published on Oct 16, 2010
Their are three types of basilisk, the Plumed Basilisk (or Green Basilisk), the Red-Headed Basilisk, and the Brown Basilisk. The feature that sets basilisks apart from other lizards is their incredible ability to "walk" or rather run, across the surface of the water. To accomplish this, they have very long toes on their rear feet, and fringes of skin that unfurl in the water. As they rapidly churn their legs, they slap their splayed feet hard against the water, creating a small air pocket that keeps them from sinking, provided they sustain their speed. They can move along the surface like this for 15 feet or more. When gravity eventually does take over, the basilisk resorts to its excellent swimming skills to continue its escape.
Basilisk's are about two or two and a half feet long. Their long whiplike tail can be twice as long as the body. Male Basilisk's have a unique crest on the head and back to impress females. Basilisk's are omnivores surviving on a diet of plant material, insects, fruit and small vertebrates. [No Copyright Infringement Intended]