A swift, agile runner, the brown basilisk relies on lightning fast bursts of speed to attack and surprise its prey. Small lizards and invertebrates make up the bulk of its diet. Most food items are seized in jaws and swallowed whole after being subdued by several bites.
Striped basilisk Basiliscus vittatus. Description: Striped basilisks are brown or olive brown and are dark-barred dorsally and have variably distinct yellowish lines. Their head is large and a large flap-like crest projects from the back of the head down to the neck. This crest is more prominent in males.
Basiliscus is a genus of large corytophanid lizards, commonly known as basilisks, which are endemic to southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.The genus contains four species, which are commonly known as the Jesus Christ lizard, or simply the Jesus lizard, due to their ability to run across water for significant distances before sinking.Class: Reptilia.
STRIPED BASILISKS One of our most common and certainly the most striking of our lizards is the Striped Basilisk, BASILISCUS VITTATUS. Each morning as I pass to and from the reserve a certain 15-inch male suns himself atop the stump of a Guamuch tree next to a peacefully flowing, shaded canal. That's him above. Basilisks have their own lizard.