How do Chameleon Tongues work? (In Slow Motion) | Smarter Every Day 180

  • Published: 06 November 2017
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    Evidence for an elastic projection mechanism in the chameleon tongue

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    The Mechanism of Projection of the Chameleon’s Tongue


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Comments • 2 303

  • Lelouch Alzahrani
    Lelouch Alzahrani  2 years back

    You look like Popeye in the thumbnail

    • Air-N
      Air-N  2 months back

      I was interested to see what you meant. But he looks more like a chameleon in the thumbnail to me

    • Your F.B.I Agent
      Your F.B.I Agent  1 years back

      Lol I thought the sane

    • byron yorks
      byron yorks  1 years back

      I bet in thirty years he will sound like Popeye as well ; )

    • Mr MuppetFan
      Mr MuppetFan  2 years back


  • Verran Fehlberg
    Verran Fehlberg  3 weeks back


    • TAU
      TAU  4 weeks back

      0:19 i felt that

      • Łê Bïtżź
        Łê Bïtżź  4 weeks back

        *watchmojo has left the chat*

        • Michael Piotto
          Michael Piotto  1 months back

          You’ve kissed a chameleon with tongue

          • deenibeeniable
            deenibeeniable  1 months back

            This really makes me wonder about the hyoid in humans, which serves no real purpose these days other than to tell (if it's broken in a corpse) if someone's been strangled. I mean, it's a muscle attachment point & supposedly "aids the tongue in swallowing." It's the only bone in the body that is not attached directly to another bone. But I wonder, did our ancestors have a use for the hyoid that's more like the chameleon's? Hmmm.

            • deenibeeniable
              deenibeeniable  1 months back

              If you can't do the cricket thing, just hire Nicholas Cage.

              • sQuare
                sQuare  1 months back

                Cute animal

                • My King
                  My King  2 months back

                  So at the end, the slo-mo chameleon tongue looks like it is grabbing the cricket, sort of wrapping around it. I always thought that the end of the tongue is sticky and that is how they catch food. Is the tongue sticky? Or is it grabby?

                  • karel bellic
                    karel bellic  2 months back

                    Mojo can watch all he wants. I've mashed that subscribe button weeks ago.

                    • karel bellic
                      karel bellic  2 months back

                      There is no better gift, than knowledge.

                      • karel bellic
                        karel bellic  2 months back

                        At 6.30 did that tongue actually start to engulf the cricket, while it was just stick to it? Jesus, this footage is incredible, mate. The things that happen every day around us, we just take for granted. Yet, destin opens up that world, to us non scientific folk, and that, my friends, can only be a good thing.

                        • karel bellic
                          karel bellic  2 months back

                          The child like glee, the fascination, Destin gives out, is really infectious! How can anyone NOT find his videos enthralling? Subscribed after the 2nd or 3rd video, mate. I think it was the backwards bike.
                          Awesome channel, thank you for making science understandable.

                          • Forest Taniguchi
                            Forest Taniguchi  2 months back

                            The crickets dying scream

                            • DAYLAN YOKOTA
                              DAYLAN YOKOTA  2 months back

                              Are we not talking about the chameleon skeleton that was still intact?

                              • KuroReanimation
                                KuroReanimation  2 months back

                                2:16 this chameleon looks like my grandpa when he's trying to read something with his reading glasses on.

                                • whatsthischannel
                                  whatsthischannel  2 months back

                                  I think it's the crickets who hated the video

                                  • Nick
                                    Nick  2 months back

                                    Did I hear the cricket scream at the end? 😂

                                    • UK wants out.
                                      UK wants out.  2 months back

                                      What happens if his tongue don't retract?

                                      • Matt McCormick
                                        Matt McCormick  2 months back

                                        The footage at 5:50 actually made me giggle and say "That is so cool!!!"

                                        • Yusuf Akhmadi
                                          Yusuf Akhmadi  2 months back

                                          it's like flying punch!

                                          • ker xiong
                                            ker xiong  2 months back

                                            Chameleon: GET OVER HERE!!!!!!!

                                            • Moto Whellie
                                              Moto Whellie  3 months back

                                              You kissed a chameleon

                                              • Aiming_For_Gaming
                                                Aiming_For_Gaming  3 months back

                                                Chame Chame Chame Chameleon

                                                • Swastik Mahapatra
                                                  Swastik Mahapatra  3 months back

                                                  Cameleon gave him a french 😘

                                                  • Saif Fahim
                                                    Saif Fahim  3 months back

                                                    So they have gum like thing on their tongue end or they have suction cup like thing....????

                                                    • Khanh Hua
                                                      Khanh Hua  3 months back


                                                      • Santosh Pujari
                                                        Santosh Pujari  3 months back

                                                        I was wondering if you guys have "Talking Chameleon " . thought it would explain better. 😂😂😂

                                                        • MikeyDL Studios
                                                          MikeyDL Studios  3 months back

                                                          God certainly knew what He was doing!

                                                          • rarepirate
                                                            rarepirate  3 months back

                                                            The music was on point

                                                            • jademirror
                                                              jademirror  4 months back

                                                              Sure, the tongue is interesting and all, but they also have adorable feet and fun eyeballs. 10/10 critter.

                                                              • Flibber Nodgets
                                                                Flibber Nodgets  4 months back

                                                                Beware trying to feed a chameleon like that. I hear that their attempts at french kissing can be fatal

                                                                • Saaket Sikarwar
                                                                  Saaket Sikarwar  4 months back

                                                                  Mind blowing . Please Share some thoughts on CBT.

                                                                  • JoeB
                                                                    JoeB  4 months back

                                                                    How does the tongue hold the cricket?

                                                                    • Josh T
                                                                      Josh T  4 months back

                                                                      Everything became clear?

                                                                      • Brendan Brendan
                                                                        Brendan Brendan  4 months back

                                                                        0:54. You sound like a bird

                                                                        • The Pixel Gamer 3D
                                                                          The Pixel Gamer 3D  4 months back

                                                                          Why did you hold the cricket in your mouth ? ,could've just hold it with your hand !

                                                                          • Harpreet Singh
                                                                            Harpreet Singh  4 months back

                                                                            That last bug sound effect though😂

                                                                            • Paula K.
                                                                              Paula K.  5 months back

                                                                              06:57 😂😂😂😂

                                                                              • Danny Brady
                                                                                Danny Brady  5 months back

                                                                                2:02 shadow in the back

                                                                              • Aram Albarzngi
                                                                                Aram Albarzngi  5 months back

                                                                                I seriously can't emphasize enough how much I appreciated this video. Super interesting!! Thank you Destin!

                                                                                • TimmacTR
                                                                                  TimmacTR  5 months back

                                                                                  Watch slow motion accelerated.. xD

                                                                                  • Aaron Payne
                                                                                    Aaron Payne  5 months back

                                                                                    This video is absolutely amazing. Also, I've seen videos that make test tubes "disappear" in oil. So to see a real world application blew my mind.

                                                                                    • Fil Beluan
                                                                                      Fil Beluan  5 months back

                                                                                      what if that bone broke?

                                                                                      • Keith D'Souza
                                                                                        Keith D'Souza  5 months back

                                                                                        Sounds like a Bio-Mechanical Rail gun !

                                                                                        • Jonas Johnson
                                                                                          Jonas Johnson  5 months back

                                                                                          Mojo: *sits there*
                                                                                          Me: OK! OK! I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE STOP IT WITH THE DISAPPROVAL FACE... I SUBBED OK? NOW YOU CAN STOP...

                                                                                          • David
                                                                                            David  5 months back

                                                                                            You got to first base with the Chameleon.

                                                                                            • Willie Wonka
                                                                                              Willie Wonka  5 months back

                                                                                              Cricket left the group.