Chameleon Feeding Movies
Rhampholeon (Rhampholeon) spinosus
© 2009 Christopher V. Anderson
This video shows a male Bearded Pygmy Chameleon (Rieppeleon brevicaudatus) feeding on a cricket. This chameleon was 5.5cm Snout-to-vent length and extends its tongue to a total distance of 10cm 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 5.5 m/s.