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Soft Toy Green Basilisk Lizard by Hansa (69cm) 8038

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Manufacturer: Hansa
Category: Reptiles & Amphibians

This Basilisk Lizard by Hansa is two tone green with added detailing to the upper body and airbrushing around the face. It has support in its legs so the pose can be changed.

Made from the finest materials to the highest standards.

Size approx. 27"(69cm) in length including its tail.

  • European safety standards EN71 BS5665
  • Carries the CE label so it safe for children (not under 36 months)
  • Surface washable
  • Quality item with airbrushed details

The plumed basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons), also called commonly the green basilisk, the double crested basilisk, or the Jesus Christ lizard, is a species of lizard in the family Corytophanidae. The species is native to Central America. The plumed basilisk is the largest basilisk species, with an average snout-to-vent length (SVL) of approximately 10 inches (25 cm). Including the tail, it can reach 3 feet (91 cm) in total length. Adults are brilliant green, with bright yellow eyes, and small bluish spots along the dorsal ridge. Males have three crests: one on the head, one on the back, and one on the tail, while females only have the head crest. Juveniles are less conspicuously colored, and lack the characteristic crests.

The plumed basilisk is omnivorous and eats insects, spiders, small mammals (such as rodents), small birds, small nonvenomous snakes, smaller species of lizards, amphibians, small fish, crustaceans (such as freshwater shrimp and crayfish), fruits, seeds, flowers and leaves.

The predators include birds of prey, opossums, coati, and snakes.

Sexually mature females of B. plumifrons lay five to fifteen eggs at a time in warm, damp sand or soil. The eggs hatch after eight to ten weeks, at which point the young emerge as fully independent lizards.

Male plumed basilisks are very territorial; a single male may keep land containing a large group of females with whom he mates. Most plumed basilisks are skittish, and do not tolerate much handling when kept in captivity. B. plumifrons is able to run short distances across water using both its feet and tail for support, an ability shared with other basilisks and the Malaysian sail-finned lizard, Hydrosaurus amboinensis. In Costa Rica, this has earned the plumed basilisk the nickname "Jesus Christ lizard." It is also an excellent swimmer and can stay under water for up to an hour.