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(Basiliscus basiliscus)

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The Basilisk is also called Jesus Christ Lizard. Medium to large brown or olive lizard with dark cross bands along body,often a light stripe along lips and sides, and large, continuous crests along the head, back, and tail (less prominent in females and young); small ones are good at running quickly across the surface of water providing the irreverent name; to 1m (3.3ft) long, including tail. (Chisbala, Lagartija Jesucristo, Garrobo).


Lowlands of Pacific slope; found along streams and bodies of water; terrestrial but also climbs trees, low vegetation. (Another basilisk species occurs along the Caribbean slope and is commonly seen at sites such as TONP.)

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus), Costa Rica