The Plumed Basilisk reaches a total length of 70 – 75 cm (up to 90cm), whereby the tail is 2,1/2 up to 3 times as long as the body. The colour is a brilliant green, but also dark-green and blue-green. They eat insects, snails, frogs, fish, smaller lizards, but also flowers and fruit.
That the Plumed Basilisk is not only a good diver and swimmer, but with a speed up to app. 11 km/h it is capable to run short distances on the water surface? This is due to its long hind legs and its long, wide toes. When the speed decreases, it sinks into the water.