In today’s article we would like to talk about the care of double comb basil and its properties and diet.
The penetrating yellow eyes that protrude from the emerald green leather skin have made this species a both feared and revered animal. This reptile is without a doubt one of the great mysteries of the rainforest.
The anatomy of this lizard is reminiscent of a dragon and its beautiful appearance has given rise to several legends. The most widespread myth concerning this beast is that it can turn a human being into stone.
It is a species that was respected before and is also so nowadays. There are also some tribes who believe that the double-combed basilisk is a magical animal.
The double-combed basilisk got its name from the Greek word basilískos, which means “little king” because its head resembles a crown. This lizard is probably the most beautiful of all the species in the genus Basiliskus.
It has a strong green color and usually white, yellow or blue spots. The male also has a type of sail along the body and tail. This is the trait of the species that stands out the most.
The female is much smaller and has a smaller head.
The double-comb basilisk is relatively flexible and has long phalanxes and sharp claws. It is therefore easy to climb trees. The hind legs have feet that allow it to run on water.
The ability to run on water is one of the most astonishing properties of basilisk. This also occurs in other species with convergent evolution, such as hydrosaurus.
Natural habitat and reproduction
The genus Basiliscus occurs mainly in Central America: from southern Mexico to northern South America. It lives mainly between Guatemala and Costa Rica.
You can usually see them along large streams surrounded by dense forests. However, you can also see them up among high treetops. The reason for this is that it is often vulnerable near the water.
When it comes to reproduction, the female digs a small ditch where she lays up to 20 eggs. The mother then leaves the eggs and when the chicks are born they can already run, climb and swim.
Care of double-combed basil: food
This lizard has a fairly varied diet. It mainly eats fish, frogs, birds and even other lizards. It also eats invertebrates such as shrimp, ants, beetles, flies, grasshoppers, crickets and crayfish.
Furthermore, it eats some plants, such as seeds, fruits, berries and leaves. It can therefore be said that this basil is an omnivore.
Diet in captivity
In captivity, the double-combed basil eats mainly live insects. These insects have a high content of protein and form the basis of their diet. They are also relatively easy to digest.
The lizard seems to like brown crickets mainly, but can also give them black crickets and grasshoppers.
If you want to vary the diet slightly, you can also give them mealworms and fly larvae.
It is important to spray the tank with water every morning. This will not only increase the humidity but also simulate a tropical environment. You can use a water tank for drinking water.
Care of double comb basil: Dietary supplement
In order for the lizard to have a balanced nutritional intake and stay in shape, it is good if you add some supplements.
These can be calcium, vitamins and minerals that are available to buy in powder form.
You should also include calcium in the basil diet. Spread this directly on the food. You can also add vitamins to the diet of young basil. Keep in mind that adults only need vitamins every other day.