Photo of the day: Young green basilisk lizard, Costa Rica

This young green basilisk lizard is catching its breath on a stone in the middle of the warm waters of the Tabacon hot springs before crossing the river. This might seem highly unlikely given the current of the water but the basilisk lizard, or more commonly known as the Jesus Christ lizard, did not get this nick name without a good reason. This reptile has the ability to run on its hind legs and to continue running on water in an erect position for about 10 to 20 metres! Staying close to river banks, sprinting towards and on its waters is its way to escape predators.

Marcella

Travel tips:

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