Long-tailed Machete Savanne

Long-tailed Machete Savanne

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Long-tailed Machete Savanne (Chironius multiventris) protruding its forked tongue. This is a diurnal arboreal tree-snake. The tongue is used to pick up scent particles which it transfers to the Jacobsens organ, lying in a depression on the roof of the mouth. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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