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Basiliscus

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Published on Jul 14, 2011

Running on water
The basilisk sometimes runs as a biped. Basilisks have the unique ability to "walk" on water and, because of this, they have been dubbed as "The Jesus Christ Lizard" in reference to the biblical passage of Matthew 14:22-34.[3] On water, the basilisk can run at a velocity of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) per second for approximately 4.5 meters (14.8 feet) before sinking on all fours and swimming. Flaps between their toes help support the basilisk, creating a larger surface and a pocket of air. They can also sustain themselves on all fours while "water-walking" to increase time above the surface by about 1.3 meters (4.3 feet).

Basiliscus basiliscus - Common Basilisk
Basiliscus galeritus - Western Basilisk or Red-headed Basilisk
Basiliscus plumifrons - Green Basilisk
Basiliscus vittatus - Brown basilisk

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