Chameleon Tongue Attack in Slow Motion

  • bob e

    hope this creature is not muslim

  • eMan14

    Cool… a tad gross though.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Great video and explanation.

    I’m a reptile nerd, and I do have a couple of captive-bred male Panther Chameleons, so here goes…..

    The chameleon species in the video, the Panther Chameleon, is native to Madasgascar and comes in a vast array of colours.
    The pattern of bands on their bodies stays virtually the same, but, the colours change from locality to locality in Madagascar. Towns just a few miles apart can have chameleons that are from two completely different colour palettes.
    Males are brightly-coloured, highly territorial, and like to be seen, while females are drab-coloured and prefer to go unseen.

    Lastly, Panther Chameleons do come in a pink variety.

    Yes, ‘Pink Panther Chameleons’……

    Here’s a link to that Belgian breeder’s website’s homepage.
    Scroll down to see a small variety of Panther Chameleon (Latin: Furcifer pardalis) locales/varieties…..
    (Other varieties can be found on the left bar of the website under ‘Furcifer Pardalis’)

    • eMan14

      Do they like human contact? As in to be held?

      • Possibly, but it might be something to do with eating the human contact.

        It’s still a type of affection.

        • eMan14

          Sort of like a black widow killing the male after consensual mating.

        • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

          This kid was most likely eaten by his Panther (chameleon).

          This looks damned dangerous!………..

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        No, unfortunately, Chameleons do not like human contact.
        They are mostly a display animal.

        I have a bedroom with my snakes and the Chameleons add some colour to the room. They are fun to watch. Those eyes alone; feeding time with that crazy tongue is just a bonus.

        I do keep handling to a minimum. Cage cleanings, physical inspection to check their health, etc.

        For the record though, Chameleons don’t even like other Chameleons.
        Males will get angry and ‘fired-up’ (brighter, territorial colours) at their own reflection.
        My two males are kept in separate enclosures and I make a point of not letting them even see one another. No joke.

        Here’s a video of a male Panther Chameleon seeing his own reflection……

        • eMan14

          Cool…thank you.

        • kkruger71

          My guy was pretty good about handling and would volunteer to come with me. Only problem I had with him was his tongue was defective from birth, so I didn’t get the cool feeding visuals. That also might explain why he was more willing than most to be handled as a lot of the time he was hand fed.

          • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

            Too bad about his tongue.
            That being said, that is still an incredible-looking chameleon.

            Blue tones like that seem so out of place in the reptile world.

            Of my two males, one will crawl onto my arm out of curiosity and will sometimes take mealworms out of the palm of my hand, while the other hisses at anything that comes near him.

            When I put the fussier of the two onto his fake, six-foot tall, plastic tree he becomes especially territorial.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Lizards of that size tend to eat their weight in bugs every night.

    • AlanUK

      Is this true, considering they are small reptiles and hence cold-blooded?
      (Not arguing – just curious.)