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

  • Published: 06 November 2017
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    Read these papers on the Chameleon Tongue:


    Power at the tip of the tongue:

    Evidence for an elastic projection mechanism in the chameleon tongue

    Functional implications of supercontracting muscle in the chameleon tongue retractors

    The Mechanism of Projection of the Chameleon’s Tongue


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Comments • 2 278

  • Lelouch Alzahrani
    Lelouch Alzahrani  2 years back

    You look like Popeye in the thumbnail

  • MikeyDL Studios
    MikeyDL Studios  11 hours back

    God certainly knew what He was doing!

    • rarepirate
      rarepirate  6 days back

      The music was on point

      • jademirror
        jademirror  4 weeks 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 weeks back

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

          • Saaket Sikarwar
            Saaket Sikarwar  1 months back

            Mind blowing . Please Share some thoughts on CBT.

            • JoeB
              JoeB  1 months back

              How does the tongue hold the cricket?

              • Josh T
                Josh T  1 months back

                Everything became clear?

                • Brendan Brendan
                  Brendan Brendan  1 months back

                  0:54. You sound like a bird

                  • The Pixel Gamer 3D
                    The Pixel Gamer 3D  1 months back

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

                    • Harpreet Singh
                      Harpreet Singh  1 months back

                      That last bug sound effect though😂

                      • Pauline K.
                        Pauline K.  2 months back

                        06:57 😂😂😂😂

                        • Danny Brady
                          Danny Brady  2 months back

                          2:02 shadow in the back

                        • Aram Albarzngi
                          Aram Albarzngi  2 months back

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

                          • TimmacTR
                            TimmacTR  2 months back

                            Watch slow motion accelerated.. xD

                            • Aaron Payne
                              Aaron Payne  2 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  2 months back

                                what if that bone broke?

                                • Keith D'Souza
                                  Keith D'Souza  2 months back

                                  Sounds like a Bio-Mechanical Rail gun !

                                  • Jonas Johnson
                                    Jonas Johnson  2 months back

                                    Mojo: *sits there*

                                    • David
                                      David  2 months back

                                      You got to first base with the Chameleon.

                                      • Willie Wonka
                                        Willie Wonka  2 months back

                                        Cricket left the group.

                                        • Susan Kerr
                                          Susan Kerr  2 months back

                                          My eyes looked like the chameleon's when I put on some eyelash-grow chemical. I stopped.

                                          • Joey crab cakes
                                            Joey crab cakes  2 months back

                                            Dustin’s laugh is the best hahah😂

                                            • Cj varron
                                              Cj varron  2 months back


                                              • Troy Bankhead
                                                Troy Bankhead  2 months back

                                                😂😂I love your sound guy! The slow-mo shout from the cricket as he gets carried away at the end was epic!!😂😂 Great stuff as always! Thanks for the learning🙏🏻

                                                • Tracey Jacobsen
                                                  Tracey Jacobsen  2 months back

                                                  7:00 XD i love that add in

                                                  • Dope Dopamine
                                                    Dope Dopamine  2 months back

                                                    You forgot to talk about the tip of the tongue.

                                                    • Dog Shocker
                                                      Dog Shocker  3 months back

                                                      Wait... WAit..... YOU PUT A LIVE CRICKET IN YOUR MOUTH!??? I wouldn’t even touch one without getting nervous XD

                                                      • Eddie Jones
                                                        Eddie Jones  3 months back

                                                        Anybody else smile when destin said sphincter! I know I'm a child :(

                                                        • Unconscious Donkey
                                                          Unconscious Donkey  3 months back

                                                          Why do I feel so bad for the crickets?

                                                          • Joseph Patchell
                                                            Joseph Patchell  3 months back

                                                            Awesome! Always wanted to do that!

                                                            • Kerry Comstock
                                                              Kerry Comstock  3 months back


                                                              • Ramnight
                                                                Ramnight  3 months back

                                                                Hello from NewZealand u r awesome!

                                                                • Aidan Martin-Cox
                                                                  Aidan Martin-Cox  3 months back

                                                                  Destin’s reaction is absolutely adorable, he’s genuinely so impressed and excited

                                                                  • mager lazor
                                                                    mager lazor  3 months back

                                                                    Really enjoy your videos man

                                                                    • DHR Christian
                                                                      DHR Christian  3 months back

                                                                      3:27 chameleon boner XD

                                                                      • Cross Category
                                                                        Cross Category  3 months back

                                                                        Emily from Brain Scoop 😀

                                                                        • Gator Dude
                                                                          Gator Dude  3 months back

                                                                          I have two kape dwarf camelions and they are my favourite animals in the world

                                                                          • mikey4483
                                                                            mikey4483  3 months back


                                                                            • Yesss Sirrr
                                                                              Yesss Sirrr  3 months back

                                                                              You should do a video on the 5 second rule

                                                                              • Pee Sweezy
                                                                                Pee Sweezy  3 months back

                                                                                What about the fact that a gecko can walk on glass, that is amazing to me

                                                                                • I exist okay?
                                                                                  I exist okay?  3 months back

                                                                                  Cricket: *exists*
                                                                                  Him: I think Mojo Mojo like you

                                                                                  • J. Z.
                                                                                    J. Z.  3 months back

                                                                                    Does anyone care about how crickets feel??

                                                                                    • Rob Hofer
                                                                                      Rob Hofer  3 months back

                                                                             ,can anyone think that there’s no god.

                                                                                      • WizBiz Lil Way
                                                                                        WizBiz Lil Way  3 months back

                                                                                        6:58 Screaming for its life 😂😂

                                                                                        • TEKNOCRAFT
                                                                                          TEKNOCRAFT  3 months back

                                                                                          Congrats, got kissed by an overgrown lizard

                                                                                          • Elwin van Wees
                                                                                            Elwin van Wees  3 months back

                                                                                            Hahaha the cricket screaming as it gets pulled in!! I love the sound effects 😁 and I know it’s an effect because of a later vid. Cheers Destin

                                                                                            • DJBATMANGOLD
                                                                                              DJBATMANGOLD  3 months back

                                                                                              2:31 *Age-restricted*