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Helmbasilisk 2

Helmbasilisk 2
Photo Information
Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 EX DG, Digital ISO 640, 67mm Hoya HMC
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-27 6:39
Viewed: 3878
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Corytophanidae
Genus: Basiliscus
Species: B. basiliscus
Binomial name : Basiliscus basiliscus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Range and habitat
The Common basilisk is found throughout Central and South America from Panama to Venezuela. It has been introduced to Florida as a feral species.

The Common basilisk is a diurnal lizard which has long toes and sharp claws. Their heads are adorned with both a crest and a coloured dewlap.Most are under 25 centimetres (1 foot) in length, but some may grow up 75 centimetres and usually weigh between 200-600 grams.

It has a diet consisting of insects, flowers and small vertebrates like snakes, birds, eggs and fish.The basilisk has numerous predators including large birds of prey, snakes, fish, other larger reptiles, and mammals.

Females lay three to four clutches of 10-20 eggs a year.Eggs hatch after about three months and the young weigh about 2 grams. Their outstanding camouflage allows them to remain undetected when they remain motionless in the undergrowth.

Ability to walk on water
It, along with the Brown basilisk, has the nickname the "Jesus Christ Lizard" or "Jesus Lizard" because when fleeing from a predator, it gathers sufficient momentum to run on the surface of the water for a brief distance.Basilisks have large hind feet with flaps of skin between each toe, much like the webbing on a frog.These are rolled up when the lizard walks on land; but if the basilisk senses danger, it can open up this webbing to increase the surface area on the water relative to its weight, thus allowing it to run on water for short distances.Smaller basilisks can run about 10-20 meters on the water surface without sinking, and the young can usually run farther than older basilisks

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That's a very cool photo. Great composition and wonderful details. Good color. Just caught my eye as I was scanning the gallery.

  • drmw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 98] (1192)
  • [2009-01-27 11:30]


Where was this photographed?


  • Great 
  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-31 10:12]

Hoi Thijs , Prachtige foto een hele mooie scherpte, details en kleuren ,goed weekend ,teunie .

Hello Thijs,
Great shot, superb sharpness, depth of field, clarity and details, beautiful colors, lovely catchlight and wonderful background.

  • Great 
  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2009-02-04 11:54]

Hi Thijs,
Niet echt mijn favoriete knuffeldier, maar ik moet zeggen hij staat er prachtig op.
De scherpte is zoals altijd super. Mooie compo en pov.
Mooie kleuren en lichtinval
gr. Paula

Hi Thijs,
Very well composed, and I like the POV here.
Great pose as this colorful lizard looks up into the space above it..
Excellent detail and use of flash to get this one. You have some stray marks BG, above the lizards head I would remove...if it was mine ;}

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-21 22:13]

Hi Thijs.
Superb portrait of a fine animal and as usual refined flash work. Details, texture and colour reproduction are ultimate and I like a lot precise framing and composition of the shot. Great representation of the beauty here. Well done and my kind regards.

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