The Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus) is an invasive lizard that has been introduced to Florida. Basilisks sometimes run bipedally and have the ability to "run" on water and have been dubbed the "Jesus Lizard" in reference to the biblical passage of Matthew 14:22-34.

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On water, basilisks can run at a speed of 4.9 feet per second for about 15 feet before sinking on all fours and swimming. Flaps between their toes help support them by creating a larger surface and pockets of air, giving them the buoyancy needed to run across water. They can also sustain themselves on all fours while "water-walking" to increase the distance travelled above the surface by about 4.3 feet.

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