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Basiliscus Plumifrons Collection

The Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, is a remarkable creature found in Costa Rica

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Green basilisk or plumed basilisk running on water (Basiliscus plumifrons), Costa Rica

Green basilisk or plumed basilisk running on water (Basiliscus plumifrons), Costa Rica

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Plumed Basilisk (Jesus Christ Lizard), named because it can run some meters over water; Arenal

Plumed Basilisk (Jesus Christ Lizard), named because it can run some meters over water; Arenal, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Green Plumed Basilisk Lizard (Basiliscus plumifrons), Boca Tapada, Alajuela Province

Green Plumed Basilisk Lizard (Basiliscus plumifrons), Boca Tapada, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica, Central America

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Green iguana, Iguana iguana 1, plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons 2

Green iguana, Iguana iguana 1, plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons 2, and common green forest lizard
FLO4655228 Green iguana, Iguana iguana 1, plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons 2, and common green forest lizard. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Massard after an illustration by Jean-Gabriel

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Close-up of Juvenile Green basilisk lizard eye structure

Close-up of Juvenile Green basilisk lizard eye structure

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Green / Double-crested basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) running across water surface

Green / Double-crested basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) running across water surface, Santa Rita, Costa Rica

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Double-crested basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) running across water surface, Santa Rita

Double-crested basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) running across water surface, Santa Rita, Costa Rica

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Emerald Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) watching out for dangers, Costa Rica

Emerald Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) watching out for dangers, Costa Rica

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: An adult male plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons, CaA±o Chiquerra

An adult male plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons, CaA±o Chiquerra
An adult male plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons, Cano Chiquerra, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica, Central America

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Plumed Basilisk Lizard (Basiliscus Plumifrons)

Plumed Basilisk Lizard (Basiliscus Plumifrons)

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Plumed basilisk, Green basilisk, Double crested basilisk or Jesus Christ lizard -Basiliscus

Plumed basilisk, Green basilisk, Double crested basilisk or Jesus Christ lizard -Basiliscus plumifrons-, female, perched on a branch, La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Central America

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Central America, Costa Rica, Caribbean, Tortuguero National Park (aka Parque Nacional Tortuguero)

Central America, Costa Rica, Caribbean, Tortuguero National Park (aka Parque Nacional Tortuguero)
Costa Rica, Tortuguero NP (aka Parque Nacional Tortuguero). Male Emerald Basilisk (aka Basilisca verde), wild (Basiliscus plumifrons) Also called JC or Jesus Christ Lizard

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Green Basilisk (Basillicus plumifrons)

Green Basilisk (Basillicus plumifrons)

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons), lizard with very long slender tail, overhead view

Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons), lizard with very long slender tail, overhead view

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Plumed Basilisk (male) on a branch. This lizard is vivid green

Plumed Basilisk (male) on a branch. This lizard is vivid green and is usually patterned with light blue or yellow spots. It has three large crests supported by bony spines on the head, back

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Plumed Basilisk (female) on a branch. This lizard is vivid green

Plumed Basilisk (female) on a branch. This lizard is vivid green and is usually patterned with light blue or yellow spots

Background imageBasiliscus Plumifrons Collection: Basilisk lizard (Basiliscus plumifrons) climbing up tree, Costa Rica, Central America

Basilisk lizard (Basiliscus plumifrons) climbing up tree, Costa Rica, Central America


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The Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, is a remarkable creature found in Costa Rica. Its name stems from its incredible ability to run several meters over water, defying gravity and leaving spectators in awe. This Green Basilisk or Double-crested Basilisk lizard can be spotted gracefully gliding across the water's surface in various locations such as Arenal, Alajuela Province, Boca Tapada, and Santa Rita. A close-up of this lizard's eye structure reveals intricate details that captivate observers. Even as juveniles, their eyes exhibit a mesmerizing beauty that adds to their allure. With an emerald hue and plumes adorning their bodies, these creatures are truly a sight to behold. In their natural habitat of Costa Rica's lush landscapes, the Emerald Basilisks remain vigilant for any potential dangers lurking nearby. Adult males proudly display their vibrant colors while perched on branches like kings of the rainforest. Whether it's running on water or watching out for predators with unwavering focus, the Plumed Basilisk showcases both grace and resilience. These unique lizards embody nature's wonders and serve as a reminder of the diverse beauty our world holds. So next time you find yourself exploring Costa Rica's enchanting wildernesses like La Fortuna or Caño Chiquerra, keep your eyes peeled for these magnificent creatures - they may just leave you speechless with their extraordinary abilities and captivating presence.