There is a strange type of lizard that lives in Latin America called the common basilisk. Why is it strange you ask? Well, it’s not this creature’s diet that makes it unique. The common basilisk is an omnivore, which means it eats both plants and meat. It’s also not the creature’s appearance that is so strange. The common basilisk is bright green and can grow up to three feet in length. Rather, it’s a special ability that sets it apart from other lizards. This amazing creature can actually walk on water, a characteristic that has earned it the nickname "Jesus Christ lizard."
According to Christian religious beliefs, Jesus Christ walked on water in front of his followers. If the story is true, Jesus was able to do this because he was the son of God.
With the Jesus Christ lizard on the other hand, God has nothing to do with its ability to walk on water. It relies on long toes with webbed skin to keep it from falling in. These webbed toes increase the surface area of the lizard’s footprint, making it less likely that its foot will break the surface of the water. The webbing on its toes is also retractable, which means that it can fold up and then unfold again whenever the Jesus lizard needs to walk on water.
To be truthful, the Jesus Christ lizard doesn’t walk on water. After all, no matter how webbed its toes are, if it took a leisurely stroll on top of a lake, it would definitely fall in. The Jesus Christ lizard runs on water, and it maintains a very quick pace of 1.5 meters per second. It can usually stay on the surface for about 4.5 meters before falling in. It is also a very good swimmer and can hold its breath for up to half an hour.