Banded Brown Basilisk

Basiliscus vittatus

Description: This species of basilisk is brown with yellow stripes down the side starting on the head and run horizontally down the body. They reach about 21 inches in length. Males typically have larger crests on their head than the females.

Range: From Mexico down into northwestern Columbia and introduced in Florida as a feral species.

Habitat: Commonly found tropical forests and drier areas of their range. These lizards are somewhat arboreal and can be found spending time in low vegetation such as bushes or trees.

Diet:
Wild: Fish, frogs, small lizards and birds, invertebrates, and some vegetation including fruits, seeds, and leaves.
Zoo: Crickets, waxworms, night crawlers, and lettuce

Reproduction: Females will lay a clutch of 4-12 eggs during late summer into mid spring in a damp nest site. The eggs will hatch around 60 days later.

Fun Fact: Basilisks have web like pads on the toes of their back feet that allow them to run on the surface of the water!