March 28, 2020


Basiliscus vittatus is native to Latin America. It is found from Central Mexico southward to northern Colombia. Just recently it has been introduced to Florida. Range Description: This species occurs at low and moderate elevations from Jalisco on the Pacific versant, and from northern Taumalipas on the Atlantic versant. Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus). This is a juvenile. Basilisks can run really fast on their hind legs, and with their spread-out back feet they can even run across.

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Brown basilisk

Females lay 3 to 12 eggs from May to August in a secluded moisture retaining nesting site, usually a hole along a canal bank. If the animal faces danger, it starts to run very fast on the surface of a river or a lake.

Like most reptiles, the brown basilisk is active during the day. Sexual maturity is reached at about 9 to 10 cm.

Brown basilisk – Wikipedia

A fine lizard in the grand scheme of things, but it really loses its luster when compared to its sympatric green cousin. In other words, Central and South America. Well, almost natural anyway. Notes on the Herpetofauna of Western Mexico Brown basilisk Basiliscus vittatus. Web pages and scripting Jiri Hosek. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control.

An updated checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Nicaragua. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Isis von Oken 21 4: Basiliscus vittatus is native to Latin America. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Baeiliscus Bartlett, ; Campbell, Key Behaviors arboreal terricolous diurnal sedentary solitary Food Habits Striped basilisks feed mostly on insects but are reported to sometimes feed on fallen berries Campbell The head is large and males have a more elongate vittatu than the females.


Then the flaps on its hind feet are opened and thus more surface area is provided for it to run on water. Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. It has long toes with sharp claws. Die Amphibien und Reptilien von El Salvador.

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The brown basilisk relies mainly on alertness and speed to avoid predators, but may lash its tail vigorously if caught. They are able vittatjs run over still water when they are startled.

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Wikispecies has information related to Basiliscus vittatus. Basiliscus vittatus Brown Basilisk Predation.

It had been many years since I saw one of these dramatic lizards in their natural habitat. These three are all large adults. Chinese crocodile lizard Shinisaurus crocodilurus. Bartlett, ; Campbell, Females choose a safe nest site for their eggs. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.

It occurs in dense vegetation along the margin of practically any body of water. Rodents of Unusual Size. Basiliscus vittatus is in the same infraorder as the family Iguanidae.

Mondadori Milanopp. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed.


This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico. This lizard is quite arboreal, and can be seen in bushes and the lower branches of trees or thickets, but also spends time on the ground Campbell Plumed basilisk Basiliscus plumifrons.

This species can be found in tropical and subtropical wet, moist, and dry forests. Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World. Range number of offspring 3 to 12 Range gestation period 55 to 65 days Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity female 3 to 12 months Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity male 3 to 12 months Females choose a safe nest site for their eggs. Reptarium The Reptile Database. Other Comments Because of this lizards ability to run across water in short distances, in certain circles it has been christened the “lagartija de Jesu Cristo,” Jesus Christ lizard Campbell The brown basilisk is a forest reptile found in Latin America.

The male has a larger crest than the female. Contributions to Neotropical saurology.

Basiliscus vittatus Brown Basilisk Facebook. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 2: Mount Cooper striped lerista Lerista vittata. Both males and females are dark-barred dorsally and have variably distinct yellowish dorsolateral lines.