Thursday, August 09, 2012

Chameleon tongues are extremely fast and long

Chameleon tongues are
extremely fast and long.!!!!!!

They can be anywhere
from 1 to 1 1/2 times
the bodylength of the
owner and can rocket in
and out with blinding
speed, which
is fast enough to snatch a
fly in midair.

A "U" shaped hyoid bone
anchors the tongue to the
back of the mouth. (remember, The
same musculature that
humans have, is used to
move the tongue in the
mouth and swallow) But
chameleon evolution has
added to the arsenal of
lingual tricks.
The recoil
of elastic elements in the
tongue apparatus are
responsible for large
percentages of the overall
tongue projection

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