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Financial Chronicle - - EDIT, OPED, THE WORKS - JAGANNATH CHAT­TER­JEE

Rel­a­tive to body length a chameleon has a tongue that’s dou­ble its body length. Chameleons catch its tar­get by throw­ing out its sticky tongues at them, and range is ex­tremely im­por­tant, be­cause even a stealthy chameleon can only get so close to its tar­get with­out star­tling it. Some species have tongues that are 70 cm long; that can be twice the length of their body, and as long as the tongue of a giant anteater. But at the same time a chameleons also have very long tails and only if the tail is ex­cluded from the body length, the size of tongue mea­sures dou­ble the body size. If the tail is in­cluded then the size of the tongue mea­sures ex­actly the size of the body

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