Common basilisk

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Common Basilisk
Male near Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Corytophanidae
Genus: Basiliscus
Species: B. basiliscus
Binomial name
Basiliscus basiliscus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus) is a type of lizard. It can be found in Central and South American rainforests near rivers and streams. The basilisk is part of the corytophanid family. It is also known as the "Jesus Christ Lizard" because it can run on the surface of water.