Plumed Basilisk lizard

Basiliscus plumifrons

These prehistoric-looking creatures have a remarkable ability to walk on water. To escape predators the lizard drops from the trees onto water and, standing in an upright position on its back legs, it can run for 15ft (4.5m) or more across the surface. This is made possible by the lizard’s ingenious long toes, which have fringes of skin that unfurl in the water to increase the surface area.