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Common Basilisk

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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.

 
 
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