Photographer's Note

This is a "Plumed Basilisk", suborder: "Iguania". But it's really a lizard, rather than an iguana. The name "Basilisk" comes from the greek word "basiliskos" meaning "Little king". This is a male.

It is unique in its faculty to run on the water-surface in order to flee its predators. This is due to a combination of its light weight and the large surface of its body touching the water, developed by a complex movement of its back legs, and the unfolding of palms.
It also hits the water with its tail, thus creating a little wave which helps carry it on the water.
For a human to accomplish such a feat, he would need to move at the speed of 110 km an hour ! Many records to break yet :-) But, for that reason, it's also called "Jesus Christ Lizard"

Well ! No walking on water here. It was Palm-Sunday :-)
I am sorry I cut the tail off, but the photo was taken with a zoom, and as you can imagine, green on green made it difficult to identify the details from a distance. Anyway, I wouldn't have got it all, as the tail is about twice the length of the body, to give you an idea of how far back the tip goes.
I shot the picture on the same canal boat trip as my posts 154, 156, 171.

HERE is a link to a video where you can watch Jesus walking on water :-)
1 WS showing the female.

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