The Remarkable Basilisks

Basilisks are a family of large, mostly green iguanas found in Central and South America. They prefer dense, mature forests near running streams and are strongly arboreal, adapted to climbing on boughs and branches sometimes many metres from the ground. Basilisks are famous for their ability to run, bipedally, across the surface of water when alarmed, which is made possible by rectangular fringes on their toes. There are four recognised species of basilisk, the Common basilisk, the Western or Red-headed basilisk, the Emerald or Plumed basilisk, and the Brown or Striped basilisk. Basilisks are capable of caudal autotomy, and little is known about their ecology and diet.

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