Animals & Wildlife Magazine

Chameleon Sticky Tongue In Slow Motion

By Gerard @presurfer
Chameleons feed by ballistically projecting their long tongues from their mouths to capture prey located some distance away. The chameleon tongue apparatus consists of highly modified hyoid bones, tongue muscles and collagenous elements. Tongue projection occurs at extremely high performance, reaching the prey in as little as 0.07 seconds, having been launched at accelerations exceeding 41 g.

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