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The Jesus Christ Lizard



Volcán Arenal, Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica

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It is the common name for the genus of basilisk lizard, known for having the amazing ability to run on water!


Jesus lizards are able to accomplish this seemingly miraculous act by generating forces with their feet that keep their bodies above the surface and vertical.


Because they run so fast, they create a bubble when their feet touch the water. They then get out of the bubble before it bursts. They can only run at this speed. Because if they went any slower, they couldn't stand up. They would slip in the water and have to swim.


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