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The Common Basilisk (Basiliscus
basiliscus) calls the rainforests of Central and
South America home. They tend to stay close to rivers
and streams in the area. The Common Basilisk is also
referred to as just the Basilisk.
The maximum length of the Common Basilisk
is about 75 cm, but normally grow to lengths of 25 cm
or less. They have long toes adorned with very sharp
claws. They have a crest on top of their heads and a
dewlap. The average life span of the Common Basilisk
is about 7 years in captivity, but is normally much
lower, due to predators, in the wild.
Predators of the Common Basilisk include
birds of prey, larger reptiles, and mammals. They do
however excel at hiding. The Common Basilisk will hide
motionless under leaf debris on the forest floor.
The Common Basilisk is omnivorous,
feeding on insects, snakes, small birds, fish and flowers.