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J is for Jesus Christ Lizard

Jesus Christ Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #1463: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order.

J is for Jesus Christ Lizard. I photographed this Jesus Christ lizard in Costa Rica. You will be able to read about Jesus Christ lizards in my new book, Endangered Edens (coming in October). For now, I’ll just tell you that they got their name for their ability to walk on water. Actually, they run—very fast—as they cross small ponds and streams. I witnessed them in action several times, and they are hilarious—especially since they do their running on hind legs.

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