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The Water-walking Lizard

The Basilisk Lizards are a distinct species of lizards that can walk on water! Amazing right?

Before diving into the water walking abilities of the basilisk lizard, Let's go through the 3 species:

  • Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)

  • Western Basilisk (Basiliscus galeritus)

  • Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus)

So, How do these lizards walk on water?

These Omnivorous Reptilians walk on water thanks to 3 characteristics:

  • Speed

  • Wide feet

  • Fringes

Now a basilisk's foot is fascinating, It's wide and has fringes at the bottom. A basilisk can run on water for 24km/h, roughly 15mph, That's as fast as we can run!

However if we tried to run on water we would just sink.

I could go on, but I think that would be a little boring so I hope you enjoy this video below!

It's not the best quality, but I hope the knowledge will be worth it!

If you're still hungry for more check out the big wide web!


Stay Curious and Blessed!

~Fauna


image credits:

https://www.animalsprints.com/plumed-basilisk-basiliscus-plumifrons-6121783.html

https://naturescrusaders.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/green-basilisk-lizards-eat-insects-rodents-and-runs-on-water/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cartagena-alejandro/33472900168/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basiliscus_(genus)#Running_on_water


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