Jesus Christ lizard
This aptly named lizard can perform modern-day miracles to escape danger
Also known as the common basilisk, this lizard escapes predators by scuttling away on water. Three of the five toes on each of its large back feet have scaly fringes that unfurl when hitting the water. The large surface area of the extremities reduces the downward pressure, allowing the lizard to build up enough momentum to get moving.
Walking on water is a three-step process. First, the foot slaps down on the surface of the water. This pushes water away and creates air pockets beneath the foot. Next the leg strokes backwards to propel the basilisk ahead. The final stage is recovery, where the foot comes away from the water and prepares to slap down again. This has to happen extremely quickly before gravity can catch up.
Smaller lizards typically keep more of their body above water and travel further, running up to 20 metres (65.6 feet) in one stretch. Older basilisks can’t run as far and often resort to swimming once they sink into the water.
ABove Measuring up to 76cm (29.9in),this reptile is endemic to the rainforests of Centraland South America