Oustalet’s chameleon catching an insect by scipbe

The Oustalet’s or Malagasy giant chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) is one of the largest species of chameleons. Males can have a length of 60cm while females are smaller. Chameleons are fantastic animals. Each eye can focus independently and they have a 360-degree arc of vision. Many of them can also change the colour of their skin. Colour change happens when communicating, in reactions to temperature changes as well as for camouflaging.

We encountered a wonderful green and big Oustalet’s chameleon in a tree in Isalo national park in southern Madagascar. We noticed that this chameleon had seen an insect and he was moving towards it slowly. So I kept my photo camera ready with a fast shutter speed. All chameleons feed by projecting their long tongues from their mouths to capture prey located some distance away. This occurs at extremely high performance, reaching the prey in as little as 0.07 seconds. Suddenly the chameleon catched the insect with his tongue and two seconds later it was already eaten.

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African icon by MatEngel

Botswana Linyanti area.
We followed this guy to his tree where he felt asleep in the branches for more than an hour. Before we could join the nap, patience paid off when he suddenly got up, spotting something, our minor senses never caught sight of.
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