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Top 10 Animal Skills

Walking on Water, the Plumed Basilisk
Walking on Water, the Plumed Basilisk

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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