The Green Basilisk Lizard, also known as the Jesus Christ lizard for its fascinating ability to run on water at 5 feet/sec to escape predators. It's hind legs & long toes help it bicycle through the water after it can swim at least 16 minutes in the water.
Although the green basilisk lizard has a stable population, it is sensitive to climate change because they regulate their body temperature using the environment--basking in the sun, cooling off in the shade. 100 years into the future, sea levels are predicted rise by 1 foot and lizards will adapt by developing gills to swim for longer periods of time in the water (no longer on land) . Their shade will be diving 20 meters down in the ocean to cool off where there are colder temperatures. It is important that the Green Basilisk lizard adapt to continue to survive despite climate change.
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