Plumed Basilisk (Basilicus plumifrons)

Origin: Mexico, Central and South America
Sighted at: ZooKeeper Exotic Pets, Austin, Texas

The basilisk! While this lizard won’t kill you with a glance, it is a rather special sort of animal. Firstly, the males of the species feature a broad plume of skin on their head (the specimen pictured above is a female.)

More notably, basilisk lizards – including the plumed variety – are famous around the world as “Jesus lizards,” known for their ability to dash across water on their hind legs!