Have you ever wondered why this fringed lizard is called the Jesus Christ Lizard? Well, it is because this little reptile possesses the uncanny ability to walk on water. This is just like the tale of the biblical Jesus that walked on the sea of Galilee.
Scientifically, the Jesus lizard is called the Basiliscus vittatus, and it is from the family of Basilisk lizards. In this article, we are going to bring you some of the odd and weirder facts about the Jesus lizard, apart from its ability to do the unthinkable, which is walking on water.
- The Basilisk is named after gods
The common basilisk is named after the “Basilisk” creature of Greek mythology, made up of parts of a rooster, snake, and lion which could turn a man to stone by its gaze.
In European bestiaries and legends, a basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance.
Basilisk is a Greek derived word, from the word basilískos (βασιλίσκος), meaning “little king”.
Again, the name Jesus Christ Lizard comes from the Christian religion, from the biblical character, Jesus Christ, who was known to walk on water. It is also interesting to note that Jesus Christ is also God.
- The Jesus Christ Lizard never stays far away from the water
Though this animal lives on land, but it is a notable fact that this runner lizard never stay far away from the water. The reason for this is because the water provides it a quick escape route from predators. If you think that’s not true, then tell me how many land animals can walk on water.
- Plumed basilisks eat their fellow lizards
Yes, while the Jesus Christ Lizard eats plants, they also eat animals, and their fellow lizards are not out of the menu.
- It is crested all round
Plumed basilisk males have three crests: one on the head, one on their back, and one on the tail.
- They can walk on water right from birth
These animals are already born with the ability to run (yes, on land and water!), climb, and swim. They are pretty active little creatures from birth.
- They can stay motionless for a long time
In a bid to escape predators, the green basilisk can stay motionless for quite a long time, so it is no stranger to patience.
- The females can lay over 20 eggs at a time
Yes, they are quite prolific animals. No wonder there are not listed as endangered species. The babies take about 55-110 days to hatch and look after themselves from the day they are born.
- It can sometimes take the Basilisk lizard up to 7 years to reach full maturity
Odd as it may sound, but it can sometimes take the young of the basilisk lizard 7 years to reach full maturity.
- It has a weirdly long life span
Some species of the Basilisk lizards can live up to 50 years