Scientific Name: Basiliscus plumifrons
Ease of Care: Easy
Approximate Arrival Size: 6 to 12 inches
Approximate Full Size: 30 inches
Diet: Carnivore. Crickets, mealworms, earthworms, goldfish, beef heart strips and pinkie mice, coated in calcium and vitamin powder.
Lighting Requirements: Full spectrum fluorescent UV bulbs and a basking light are required
Recommended Habitat Size: Their natural habitat can be simulated with an aquarium equipped with an under tank heater at one end. The bottom of the aquarium should be covered with a jungle mix type litter, landscaped with plants and branches for basking and climbing.
Green Basilisks are found from Guatemala to Costa Rica in Central America where they live in tropical rain forests often near bodies of water. Although they spend most of their life in trees, basilisks are also excellent swimmers. Their webbed toes allow them to run across water surfaces and it is said that they can cross lakes in this manner.
Temperature range: Day 75° - 88°F, Night 68° - 75°F
Water: A large container of clean water should always be available for swimming, soaking, and drinking must be provided. The water must be changed frequently as the lizards also use the water for defecation.