Basiliscus vittatus, 11 June 2016

Basiliscus vittatus, the Brown basilisk;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016).

Native to Central America, the Brown basilisk has steadily been gaining ground within the Floridian peninsula. While this non-native species is still mostly concentrated throughout coastal southeast Florida, they have been observed as far north as Orlando and Titusville. I suspect they’ll continue to expand their range with each passing winter. Of note, smaller basilisks are capable for running across the surface of water for a short distance. That’s a useful defensive flight tactic for a lizard to have in Florida, right?

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