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10 Animals with Unique Skills

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10 Animals with Unique Skills

By Animal Planet

10. Plumed Basilisk: Walking on Water

Coming in at No. 10 in our countdown of animal skills is a Central American lizard with an unusual habit. The plumed basilisk spends much of its time in streamside trees or shrubs waiting for an insect or small vertebrate to pass close enough so it can pounce and devour it. But when the lizard is threatened, it drops down into the stream and escapes by walking across the water on its hind feet, using its tail for added support. Aptly nicknames the “Jesus Christ lizard,” this beautiful turquoise-green reptile is also known for its running speed on land up to 7 miles per hour and for its ability to remain submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes.

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8:20AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Great Skills...Thank you for sharing.

3:24PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Great article with amazing animals,thanks for sharing

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9:00PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Some day, our brothers and sisters, the Cheetah, the deer, the ostrich will no longer fear us.

What love we will share!

2:04PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

The Plumed Basilisk is an amazing blue!

8:04PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Very interesting facts and gorgeous pictures!
Thank you Samantha!

7:04PM PDT on May 14, 2011

Awesome article, thanks!

7:32PM PDT on May 10, 2011

amazing...thanks for sharing.

12:03AM PDT on May 1, 2011

Great amazing animals! But I too was perplexed and amused by the use of a diurnal, non-insectivorous fruit bat in the photo for echolocating nocturnal insectivores!

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