Striped-basilik
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Sauropsida
Order:Squamata
Family:Corytophanidae
Genus:Basiliscus
Species:vittatus

Named for a mythical crowned serpent, basilisks are specialized iguana relatives from Central and South America. They are capable of running on their hind legs so quickly that they can cross water without sinking. The ornate crest on the head is actually an extension of the skull. This species is found from Belize to Colombia, and is also now one of the many reptiles that have become feral in Florida.