CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
The Madagascan chameleon Chamaeleo verrucosus climbing in a tree. 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 & grass-hoppers) at a large distance. The toes of each foot are fused into two opposed groups and, as seen here, the tail is prehensile, both adaptions for arboreal life.
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