According to Dr. Guitierrez, the lizard can be found in Costa Rica and also in Honduras. It walks on its hind legs and it is not poisonous.
Basiliscus is a genus of lizards. Four species are documented so far :
- Common basilisk, Basiliscus basiliscus
- Red-headed basilisk, Basiliscus galeritus
- Plumed basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons
- Striped or Brown basilisk, Basiliscus vittatus
No species named Basiliscus amoratus is documented yet. But basilisks can sometimes run bipedally, like the novel implied.