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Green crested basilisk

By MSA 2005 Map showing tropical rainforests habitats in Central America


Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Iguanidae
Genus and species: Basiliscus plumifrons
When frightened, basilisks can take a running start on land and sprint across the water’s surface. These lizards can cover up to 32 feet before they dive in and start swimming…or sink to the bottom to hide.

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