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Plumed Basilisk Care Sheet

Description: The Plumed Basilisk is known for being an excellent swimmer and they have the ability to stay underwater for long periods of time without needing to come to the surface for air.
Scientific Name: Basiliscus plumifrons
Lifespan: 7 to 10 years
Average Size: 2 feet
Origin: Latin America


Even though the Plumed Basilisk is an omnivore its favourite foods are crickets, mealworms and waxworms. It will still need a variety of plants as well to stay healthy which should include items such as dandelions and turnip. Some Basilisks will also eat fruit such as bananas and mangos.

Plumed Basilisk will drink water from a dish and will also soak themselves in it, so be sure the dish is big enough to fit most of their body. Since they do soak in their drinking dish it will need to be cleaned daily.



Humidity: Plumed Basilisk require a higher humidity level than most lizards. The humidity level should be between 75% and 80%. Misting the enclosure on a daily basis will help to raise the humidity to this level.
Lighting: The Plumed Basilisk will need artificial UVB rays to stay healthy. This light should be provided in 12 hour cycles.
Physical Design: The Plumed Basilisk prefers a habitat that has a lot of cover for it because this is where it lives in the wild. They also climb and live in the trees so they will need an enclosure with plenty of climbing material.
Temperature: A basking area will be needed that should be between 90 and 95 degrees F. The cooler end of the habitat should stay around 80 degrees F.
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