Hernandez’s helmeted basilisk, Corytophanes hernandezii

A hopefully safe place to spend the night in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Stann Creek District, Belize. Photo by Bob Thomas.

Species of Corytophanes are cryptic and normally freeze when a larger animal (human or potential predator) is nearby. When they move, the do so very slowly. They prefer low light understory in tropical forests. Corytophanes hernandezii mostly lives and hunts in forest leaf litter, and its color, pattern, and behaviors are very effective in their chosen habitat.


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