Basilisk lizards live in the tropical rain forests of southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Some have been introduced to Florida and survive the winter months by burrowing under leaf litter. Basilisk lizards belong to the family Corytophanidae and are closely related to iguanas.
Some species, such as the green basilisk, can reach lengths of up to 2 1/2 feet, including the tail. Basilisk lizards are also known as Jesus Christ lizards and are famous for their ability to quickly traverse the water's surface. They move at approximately 5 feet per second up to a distance of 15 feet before sinking. Basilisk lizards are proficient swimmers.Learn More
Lizards are distributed throughout the world, and as the San Diego Zoo notes, most of them live on the ground. Other common lizard dwelling places are underground burrows (especially in deserts), under rocks, marshy bogs and in trees.Full Answer >
Lizards need food, warmth, air and water to survive. There are currently more than 4,675 known lizard species, so it is important to consider the type of lizard you are caring for in determining its specific needs.Full Answer >
Lizards communicate through body language, sound and visual displays, such as posturing and gestures, in addition to bright colors and even barking or hissing. These communications are used to ward off rivals or potential predators and to attract mates.Full Answer >
Every lizard species has unique dietary needs, because lizards are a group of reptiles spanning up to 6,000 species rather than a single species. Potential pet owners should research their species' dietary needs before bringing home an animal.Full Answer >