Basiliscus vittatus is native to Latin America. It is found from Central Mexico southward to northern Colombia. Just recently it has been introduced to Florida. Range Description: This species occurs at low and moderate elevations from Jalisco on the Pacific versant, and from northern Taumalipas on the Atlantic versant. Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus). This is a juvenile. Basilisks can run really fast on their hind legs, and with their spread-out back feet they can even run across.
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Basiliscus vittatus is native to Latin America. It is found from Central Mexico southward to northern Colombia.
Just recently it has been introduced to Florida. In Guatemala, this basilkscus is widespread, found practically anywhere where there is a water source Basiliscu This species can be found in tropical and subtropical wet, moist, and dry forests. It occurs in dense vegetation along the margin of practically any body of water. Males may slightly exceed 2 feet in total length, whereas females are considerably smaller Bartlett Adult males have a large flaplike crest that is supported vittaths flexible cartilage and projects from the back of the basiliiscus to the neck.
They also have a crest that extends from above their shoulders to about the level of the hind legs Campbell The females have a folded “hood” outlining the back of the head and a lower vertebral crest than the males Bartlett The head is large and males have a more elongate snout than the females. The tails and limbs are long and slender, the toes have a distinctive series of scales that form a fringe on each side, and the tail is laterally compressed Campbell This is an unmistakable, gangly, brown lizard.
Basilisks can both hop and run swiftly. They are able to run over still water when they are startled. Both males and females are dark-barred dorsally and have variably distinct yellowish dorsolateral lines. The lips and venter are light. Young specimens basiliscys particularly prominently patterned Bartlett Bartlett, ; Campbell, Sexual maturity basilscus reached at about 9 to 10 cm. Females lay 3 to 12 eggs from May to August in a secluded moisture retaining nesting site, usually a hole along a canal bank.
The young hatch during the early part of the rainy season from June to September in about 55 to 65 days. Females choose a safe nest site for their eggs. Basi,iscus laying the eggs there is no further parental care.
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This lizard is quite arboreal, and can be seen in bushes and the lower branches of trees or thickets, but also spends time on the ground Campbell At night it can be found sleeping in vine-covered thickets or in the open on low bushes Campbell This basilischs an alert, agile, speed-demon of a lizard Bartlett They are difficult to approach.
Basilisks are capable of climbing, running, and swimming, all with equal facility. Adult males are particularly wary and may often be heard crashing to safety through the underbrush Bartlett Striped basilisks feed mostly on insects but are reported to sometimes feed on fallen berries Campbell The brown basilisk relies mainly on alertness and speed to vittatu predators, but basilizcus lash its tail vigorously if caught.
Because of this lizards ability to run across water in short distances, in certain circles it has been christened the “lagartija de Jesu Cristo,” Jesus Christ lizard Campbell This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands basilisfus central Mexico.
Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes. Epiphytes and climbing plants are also abundant. Precipitation is typically not limiting, but may be somewhat seasonal.
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Basiliscus vittatus Brown Basilisk Facebook. Geographic Range Basiliscus vittatus is native to Latin America. Biogeographic Regions nearctic introduced native neotropical native Habitat This species can be found in tropical and subtropical wet, moist, and dry forests.
Campbell, Habitat Regions tropical terrestrial Terrestrial Biomes forest rainforest Other Habitat Features riparian Physical Description Males may slightly exceed 2 feet in total length, whereas females are considerably smaller Bartlett Bartlett, ; Campbell, Other Physical Features heterothermic Sexual Dimorphism male larger sexes shaped differently ornamentation Range length 60 high cm Bartlett, ; Campbell, Key Reproductive Features iteroparous seasonal breeding sexual fertilization internal oviparous Breeding interval Striped basilisks breed once yearly.
Absiliscus number of offspring 3 to 12 Range gestation period 55 to 65 days Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity baasiliscus 3 to 12 months Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity male 3 to 12 months Females choose a safe nest site for basiliscis eggs. Bartlett, ; Campbell, Key Behaviors arboreal terricolous diurnal sedentary solitary Food Habits Striped basilisks feed mostly on insects but are reported to sometimes feed on fallen berries Campbell Campbell, Primary Diet carnivore insectivore Animal Foods insects basiliscys non-insect arthropods Plant Foods fruit Predation Vittatuss brown basilisk relies mainly on alertness and speed to avoid predators, but may lash its tail vigorously if caught.
Other Comments Because of this lizards ability to run across water in short distances, in certain circles it has been christened the “lagartija de Jesu Cristo,” Jesus Christ lizard Campbell Glossary Nearctic living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World.
Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World.
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