A chameleon’s tongue is around 7.5 inches (19.0 cm) long—approximately 1.5 times the length of the small reptile’s body. From its resting state, the chameleon tongue can extend six times to reach its full length. In addition to a chameleon’s tongue being so long in comparison to its body, its tongue also has the ability to move quickly. Chameleons strike prey so fast with their tongues, it is not even visible to the human eye. It’s estimated that the chameleon tongue can travel at speeds of one-tenth of a blink of a human eye, or at speeds of 26 of its body lengths every second.
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