Chameleon

Chameleon

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Chameleon. Chameleons have several anatomical peculiarities. The eyes can be moved independently and are covered by a cone- shaped scaly lid. The tongue has a sticky, club- like tip and can be shot out in some species to a length equal to that of the body, enabling the chameleon to capture insects and other prey at a large distance. The toes of each foot are fused into two opposed groups and the tail is prehensile, both adaptations for arboreal life. Their ability to change colour helps them to camouflage themselves against their surroundings, but is also indicative of their mood. Photographed in Madagascar.

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Keywords: animal, chameleon, close-up, lizard, madagascar, nature, one, reptile, reptilia, single, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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