We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

Jacksonville...
Level Contributor
189 posts
236 reviews
Save Topic
Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

Just curious if we'll have a chance to see one of these guys while we're here. Staying in Arenal/La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio. Any suggestions on the best places to look?

Grecia, Costa Rica
Destination Expert
for Province of Alajuela
Level Contributor
7,841 posts
43 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

Better chance in Manuel Antonio I would think. I normally see them near fresh or brackish water. If you are taking any tours ask the guide to keep an eye out.

Chandler, Arizona
Level Contributor
201 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

We saw a couple in Arenal.

Brooklyn, New York
Destination Expert
for Sarapiqui
Level Contributor
5,275 posts
131 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

Manuel Antonio--as the person said look for brackish pools of water.

Jacksonville...
Level Contributor
189 posts
236 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

Awesome, thank you!

Dominical, Costa...
Level Contributor
185 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

We have a few that think the swimming pool belongs to them, especially around 4 pm or so. They are real skittish and very aware of their surroundings. I suspect you will see quite a few on the Pacific side of the country.

Jacksonville...
Level Contributor
189 posts
236 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

Wonderful, thank you Dominical-Dave! We watch a lot of nature shows with the kids and have always wanted to see one of these guys in person. Hope it happens but if not there are so many other amazing things to see in Costa Rica!! Bringing a journal to write in so I don't forget a thing.

Bermuda
Destination Expert
for Bermuda
Level Contributor
3,293 posts
28 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

these guys are more common on rivers and streams where the water isn't flowing too fast, like in the outside of a corner, especially if there are branches in the water on the edge of the pool near the shore. these guys are masters of camouflage so it's very likely that you'll spot them scattering in the corner of your eye the first few times.

8. Re: Where's the best place to possibly see a Basilisk lizard?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 27 June 2014, 05:17