Namaqua chameleon catching prey

Namaqua chameleon catching prey

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Credit: TONY CAMACHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis) catching prey with its unfurled tongue. This tongue extends out extremely rapidly in just a few fractions of a second. Here, it has caught an Onymacris plana beetle. This chameleon is found in the Namib Desert of Namibia and Angola, where it feeds on insects, and small lizards and snakes. Photographed in Namibia.

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