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Caption: Chamaeleo lateralis, a chameleon from Madagascar. Chameleons have several anatomical peculiarities in addition to their well-known ability to change colour. The eyes can be moved independently, and are covered by a cone-shaped scaly lid. The tongue has a sticky, clublike tip & can be shot out to a length equal to that of the body, enabling the chameleon to capture prey (stick insects & grasshoppers) at a large distance. The toes of each foot are fused into two opposed groups & the tail is prehensile, both adaptions for arboreal life. Photo number Z750/124 shows the colour of the chameleon only a few seconds earlier.

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Keywords: animal, chamaeleo lateralis, chameleon, nature, reptile, reptilia, wildlife, zoology

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