Green Basilisk Caresheet

Species Basilicus plumifrons

Named for their bright green skin, the Green Basilisk has distinctive crests on its head and along its back and tail. Its tail makes up nearly 2/3 of its body length. At maturity, Green Basilisks will usually grow to a length of 2 to 2 1/2 ft and are long and thin . These lizards are able to run across the surface of water for short distances, earning them the name "Jesus Lizard." They are also excellent swimmers, able to stay under water for nearly half an hour. Excellent runners, they can reach speeds up to 7 miles per hour on land. This is one lizard that actually looks a little like a dinosaur.

Climate They need to be kept warm, around 85F during the day, 70F at night. They need a fairly high humidity level to be comfortable, and so they should be misted at least once per day.

Use full spectrum UV lighting for about 13 hours a day. Use plenty of imitation plants for hiding places and a few climbing branches, as well. Keep the ambient daytime temperature at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with the coolest end 80 degrees and a warmer basking area about 95 degrees.

At night, cool the enclosure down to the low to mid 70s. Keep the humidity high at all times and supply a bowl for drinking and large enough to bath in. Mist the vivarium every day.

These lizards run. In fact, they run fast. They can even run accross water! For this reason, they need a good sized cage, with a big water container.4ft accross is the minimum to keep them happy.

Feeding They are omnivorous, so they should be fed insects such as earthworms, crickets, roaches and mealworms and dark leafy greens and smaller amounts of other vegetables and fruit.

Be careful letting these out of their cage - they can probably run faster than you! They are territorial, and so only one should be kept unless you want to breed them. and you have a 3-1 ratio

With patience they can be tamed in a similar way to iguanas