Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.
First year: 1994
Established status: Species are
present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only
with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.
Estimated Florida range: 1
county Not reported breeding
Statewide trend: Unknown
Threats to natives: Unknown, but
may eat smaller vertebrates
Species Account: This species is
native to Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Several adult green
basilisks have been caught along Miami canals, but there is no
evidence yet of reproduction occurring (Bartlett and Bartlett
1999). Adult males are bright green with a large crest (up to 6 cm
high) behind the head, another one along the back, and a shorter
crest along the dark-banded tail.
Habitats: Low density suburban
development, areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small towns,
|Not reported breeding
||Miami (Butterfield et al. 1997)
Bartlett, R. D., and P. P. Bartlett. 1999. A field
guide to Florida reptiles and amphibians. Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas. 278pp.
Butterfield, B. P., W. E. Meshaka, Jr., and C.
Guyer. 1997. Nonindigenous amphibians and reptiles. Pages 123-138
in D. Simberloff, D. C. Schmitz, and T. C. Brown, editors.
Strangers in paradise. Impact and management of nonindigenous
species in Florida. Island Press, Covelo, California.
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