Commonly found Costa Rica reptiles
The Jesus Christ Lizard is known as such by its ability to run on water when threatened. The lizard is commonly found in the northwest Costa Rica, basking in the sunshine near water.
When surprised by a predator JCL escapes by racing to the nearest water and then onto it. Due to its speed of about 5 mph (8 kph) its large feet it can cross up to 10 metres (30 ft) of water before sinking. If the basilisk sinks, it swims underwater until it has escaped.
Mangroves are controversially but frequntly being destroyed in Costa Rica for tourist redevelopment or agricultural purposes in spite of the vital eco-systems they provide for many kinds of wildlife, particularly as breeding ground for marine life forms.
An unholy cousin of the Basiliscus basiliscus, this is a Brown basilisk on the Osa peninsula. Photo by Benjamint444
Black Iguanas catching some rays in Barra, Honda NP. Photo by Christian Mehlfuhrer