The Jesus Christ lizard that walks on water!

By in Animals

Amidst the tropical streams and rivers of Central and South American rain forests live some of the most extraordinary creatures of our planet: the Jesus Christ lizard. Next to lizards that look like miniature dragons and that don’t need sex, these lizards more properly known as basillisks may be even more spectacular: they have the seemingly miraculous ability to run across water!

Jesus Christ lizard walking on water

The Jesus Christ lizard is able to run on water to escape predators!

Slapping their long-toed feet hard against the water they create a tiny air pocket that keeps them from sinking. This in combination with loose skin between their toes, enables them to move along the surface for over 5 meters. Luckily when gravity eventually takes over, these amazing lizards can rely on their excellent swimming skills.

Their ability to run on water is primarily an escape mechanism, giving them precious seconds when being threatened. Since lizards are cold-blooded (their internal temperature varies along with that of their environment), they need to bask in the sun to warm up each day, leaving them very vulnerable to being caught by predators.

Recently released high-definition footage from the BBC shows in slow-motion how these amazing lizards run across the water

Not everybody likes the special nickname of these amazing lizards, which refers to a specific passage in the bible. Look at the following senseless quote, which shows how some people still think about our fascinating natural world:

It’s blasphemous to name a reptile of all creatures after our Lord Jesus Christ when lizards are symbols of devils.

  • Jolle Jolles

    See another jesus christ lizard video at Mudfooted’ youtube channel

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  • AngelthatFell

    These lizards are so freakin cute. i love watching them run! its not blasphemous to name them Jesus Lizards, its not like people are worshipping them! come on, calm down. :)

  • http://??? Fuzz

    um……your video isn’t working…….might want to get that fixed…….i wanted to see the video!!!!! :)

    • Jolle Jolles

      Thanks for letting me know. The owner must have removed the video, but I found a good alternative one where you can see a lizard running on the water!

  • ogoreczek

    Beware of an oak it draws the stroke shun an ash it counts the flash creep less than the thorn it can put away you from harm.

  • shibre Haile

    It’s great we learn

  • beyonce

    Its amazing but why they call it the Jesus Christ lizard

  • Gido2002