The Basilisks lizard is found in Central and South American rainforests near rivers and streams. They are about 2 to 2.5ft. head to tail. Basilisks get there name from the Greek word basilískos meaning “little king”. Basilisks are omnivores, their diet consist of plant material, insects, fruit, and small vertebrates. These AMAZING lizards are EXCELLENT swimmers and are capable of remaining underwater for up to 30 minutes. The reason why this lizard is called the Jesus Christ Lizard is because it can run on water!! Basilisks can run across the water on their hind legs at a speed of 5 feet per second, for a distance of about 15 feet before they sink into the water and swim. Your probably asking how they can do this, they have long toes with fringes of skin that spread out in the water increasing surface area. As they rapidly move their legs, they slap their feet against the water creating tiny air pockets that keep them from sinking. Make sure to watch the video of these interesting creatures below.
Komodo Dragons are the largest, heaviest, and are the most powerful living lizard in the world! They can grow up to 10 feet in length and can weigh over 300 pounds. These Dragons have been around millions of years. These dragons are really fast runners, their speed can go up to 12 mph and even more when they hunt. Komodo Dragons will eat almost anything, they will eat carrion, pigs, and even smaller dragons, but they looove rotten meat. Their favorite meal is Deer and huge water buffalo. Animals that usually escape the jaws of this monitor will only feel lucky for a little bit. Komodo Dragons saliva teems with over 50 strains of bacteria, and within 24 hours the animal that has gotten bitten will die from blood poisoning. These monitors usually calmly follow the escaped prey for miles until the bacteria kicks in. They use the tip of their tongue to smell the corpse.