Basilisk lizard running on water
Shlemonosny Basilisk Lizard - arboreal lizard that lives in tropical rain forests. A distinctive feature is the ability of the basilisk to run on water, holding his body on the surface of rapidly alternating blows the hind legs.
The name of the basilisk shlemonosny lizard received by the similarity with the creation of the mythical basilisk, which was located on the head of a red tuft-like crown.
Because of the ability to walk on water, residents of Costa Rica called shlemonosnosnogo Basilisk Jesus Christ.
The crest on the head in males is much greater than that of females. The average length of a lizard is 50 cm and weight of -200-600 gr. This is excellent swimmers, able to stay underwater for up to 30 minutes.
Stay on the surface of the water when running lizard legs to help the frequent attacks that do not have swimming membranes. Due to the fast shocks in the water there are holes and the walls, which for the time between two beats behave like solids. Starting from the back wall at high speed, a basilisk is not immersed in water.
For measurements of scientists from Harvard University, basilisk full step on the water surface takes 0.068 seconds, while the repulsion is 0.008 seconds.
Relying only on their hind legs, the basilisk lizard can run fast and land, accelerating to 11 km / h. Running, he flies a short distance through the air.
A person weighing 80 kilograms can move only as fast attaining a speed of 500 kilometers per hour.
The life span of the reptile in captivity does not exceed 10 years.
Basilisk lizard can run on water up to 400 meters at a speed of 12 km / h
Shlemonosnye basilisks lizard are omnivorous and unpretentious. They eat plants, vegetables, insects, snails and small frogs. And the hunt basilisks larger reptiles, birds of prey and fish.