We Can Barely See When These Chameleons Pick Up Their Snacks

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Published: April 24, 2014

Have you ever been so hungry, you think you will devour your food before you can even blink? Yeah, we've all been there. In the wild, that skill is a virtue, especially if your food is a fast-moving, flying bug that will be gone before you know it if you don't act on it and fast. Like these chameleons do. And this is their regular meal.

Watch as these female veiled chameleons feast on superworms. Their tongue projection is extremely efficient as they reach their prey in as little as 0.07 seconds, with their launch acceleration exceeding 41 G.

Originally from Saudi Arabia and Yemen in the Middle East, the veiled chameleon, also known as the Yemen chameleon, is a relatively large chameleon species that is well suited for the first-time chameleon owner. While its native range may produce images of dry deserts, the veiled chameleon actually lives among coastal mountain slopes that experience significant rainfall or in slightly more arid valleys with year-round water and vegetation. More recently, the veiled chameleon has been introduced and established small populations on the island of Maui in Hawaii and in Florida.

Veiled chameleons can be fed a staple diet of crickets that are as long as your chameleon’s head is wide. Baby and juvenile veiled chameleons should be fed once or twice a day, with almost constant access to food. As they get older, you can feed them slightly less often. Adults can be fed every other day. Increase their nutrition value by dusting with a calcium/vitamin supplement (especially important for breeding females and juveniles) as well as gut loading. (source: www.reptilesmagazine.com)

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