Wednesday, October 17, 2007

green baskilisk


The basilisk has a amazing ability it can run on top of water. It is a reptile. It is a omnivore meaning it eats meat and plants. Did you know? Basilisk lizards are very good swimmers and are capable of staying underwater for up to 30 min. Abundant in the tropical rain forests of Central America, from southern Mexico to Panama, green basilisks spend much of their time in the trees and are never far from a body of water. When threatened, they can drop from a tree into the water and sprint, upright, about 5 feet (1.5 meters) per second across the surface. Part of the iguana family, green basilisks grow to about 2 feet (61 centimeters) in length, including their long, whip-like tail. Males have distinctive, high crests on their heads and backs, which they use to impress females. They lay their eggs in shallow trenches and lay up to 20 eggs. Hatchlings are born with the ability to run (on land and water), climb, and swim. Size relative to a 6ft (2m) man:

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