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Costa Rican Wildlife

This is the common basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard - apparently because it can run/walk on water when it has been threatened and needs to make a fast exit. This was taken in the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica last month.

For more animal shots from my trip go here.

Costa Rican Wildlife

This is the common basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard - apparently because it can run/walk on water when it has been threatened and needs to make a fast exit. This was taken in the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica last month.

For more animal shots from my trip go here.

comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Apr 2010, 03:41
There is a "Jesus Christ Lizard" in Australia, also, Charles...its very long toes distribute its weight across a large surface and allow it to race across the surface of the water when it feels the need to be somewhere else.

It doesn't have those interesting "fin" structures, though.
Great shot; and they say dinosaurs are extinct!
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 27 Apr 2010, 05:49
Sacré bestiole !
  • macgo
  • Spain
  • 27 Apr 2010, 06:45
Excelente primer plano
  • JD
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Apr 2010, 07:16
Excellent pic, he does look like a wee dinosaur! love the background too
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Apr 2010, 07:45
This is an education to me Charles: thank you
very well camouflaged these animals
Great capture Charles!
He looks prehistoric, quite clever to for his fast exit smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 27 Apr 2010, 13:41
belles couleurs chaudes.
  • tede
  • France
  • 27 Apr 2010, 14:27
It looks like a dragon, a splendid shot, a true marvel. Good day.
You don't often see lizards in full sail like this, Charles. Really like the warm background color.
  • Marc
  • France
  • 27 Apr 2010, 15:35
I think as Tede, looks like a dragon!!
Friendly!!
We share our world with some fascinating creatures Charles, and this is one of them. Great shot
Another great image, Charles - I've been hoping to get to Costa Rica for some time - perhaps next year smile
A miniature dinosaur. I bet it is fun to watch them run on water
wonderful capture here Charles, looks like a baby dragon
Well caught Charles.They do look like dinosaurs.
  • harry
  • USA
  • 27 Apr 2010, 20:35
Awesome creature and nice photo of it. You captured its fierce look well.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Apr 2010, 21:24
My word.. you can see its roots going back to probably the dinosaur age. I think I've seen TV coverage of these running on water; the name is quite appropriate!
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 27 Apr 2010, 23:01
those are cool lizards. I just saw them in a nature documentary. cool.
Jesus Christ Lizard. LOL
I've never seen a animal like that. I like the composition and the colors in the background. Great shot à bientôt VAL
first time seeing this animal!
  • Candace
  • United States
  • 9 May 2010, 02:08
He sure has a prehistoric look about him.

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