It runs on water when threatened. It sprints to escape to the nearest edge of water, hence it is most commonly seen along streams and lakes.The lizard runs on only its hind legs in an erect position, holding its arms to its sides. It has got webbed feet which help in distinguishing capability. It has also been known to stay unnderwater for upto half an a hour.Although this lizard stays close to water to escape terrestrial predators, it swims only when necessary because there are aquatic animals that would prey it. It can speed up to 7 mph while running.