The only iguanid lizard from the Old World, Brachylophus from Fiji
Basilisk lizards are very common in Central America. Basiliscus plumbifrons – from Savage Basiliscus biporcatus – from Henderson
Basilisks are called “Jesus lizards” because they can walk (run) on water. They have flaps on their toes that open and give more surface area since they rapidly run, bipedally, over the water. I’ve seen them run more than 30 ft over the surface.
Many lizards can lose their tails and regenerate them. When this happens, the break occurs along a fracture plane in a caudal bone, and blood vessels and nerves immediately pinch off. The regenerated tail will have cartilage, not bone.
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