Biological Background Information
Chameleons are fascinating creatures. They can move their eyes independently of each other and change their color depending on their mood and temperature. Another special feature is their hunting strategy. With the unique way they shoot out their tongue, they can attack as quick as lightning and securely fetch back their prey.
A Chameleon’s Characteristics
A chameleon’s tongue possesses the unique combination of force and form fit. This is observed when the chameleon is on the hunt for insects. Once the chameleon has its prey in its sights, it lets its tongue shoot out like a rubber band. Just before the tip of the tongue reaches the insect, it retracts in the middle, while the edges continue to move forward. This allows the tongue to adapt to the shape and size of the respective prey and firmly enclose it.
The prey sticks to the tongue and is pulled in like a fishing line!