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Comparative Functional Morphology, Biomechanics & the Physiology of Movement

University of South Dakota, Department of Biology

Chameleon Feeding Movies

Rhampholeon (Rhampholeon) spinosus

© 2009 Christopher V. Anderson

Furcifer verrucosus

This video shows a male Madagascar Giant Spiny Chameleon (Furcifer verrucosus) feeding on a cricket. This chameleon was 13 cm Snout-to-vent length and extends its tongue to a total distance of 19.7 cm in this feeding sequence. The video was filmed at 3000 frames per second and is played back at a rate of 30 frames per second (slowed down 100x). In this feeding sequence, the tongue achieves a peak velocity of 4.8 m/s.