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Lightning Fast… Chameleon???

March 27, 2013

If you’ve ever seen a chameleon move, you might be struck with how slowly and awkwardly it ambles along. How can such a lackadaisical creature manage to catch dinner with so many agile creatures in the African bush?


This flap-necked chameleon has a few things going for it, including the element of surprise and a lightning fast tongue. We have slowed this footage down so you can see the tongue in motion:

A chameleon’s tongue is about 1.5-2 times the length of its body and the tongue can reach its prey in .07 seconds. Once the chameleon’s tongue makes contact with its prey, the tongue adheres to the prey and retracts back it its mouth.


That little insect never knew what hit him!


Read about one of Gorongosa’s smallest residents - the Gorongosa Pygmy Chameleon


By Bridget Conneely


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