These lizards have long toes with fringes of skin that expand in the water, increasing the surface area of their feet, and as they rapidly whip their legs, they slap their feet hard against the water, creating a tiny air pocket that keeps them from sinking and thus run on water.
These lizards are found in rainforest locations around bodies of water, mostly in central and south America. They live a solitary life in the wild and only socialize in the breeding season. Currently, their population seems stable, and they are designated as of Least concern by the IUCN.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No