• Short Summary

    THERE HAS BEEN AN UNUSUAL ABUNDANCE OF THAT LONG-TONGUED MEMBER OF THE LIZARD FAMILY - THE CHAMELEON - IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA THIS YEAR.

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    THERE HAS BEEN AN UNUSUAL ABUNDANCE OF THAT LONG-TONGUED MEMBER OF THE LIZARD FAMILY - THE CHAMELEON - IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA THIS YEAR. HOUSE HOLDERS HAVE REPORTED HUNDREDS OF THEM IN THEIR GARDENS - BUT FEW PEOPLE WOULD DREAM OF HARMING THEM. THEIR RAPID CONSUMPTION OF GARDEN PESTS MAKES THEM TOO USEFUL FOR THAT.

    THE ABILITY OF CHAMELEONS TO CHANGE COLOUR HAD MADE THEIR NAME ALMOST PROVERBIAL, BUT THEIR POWERS ARE USUALLY EXAGGERATED, AND ARE QUITE EQUALIZED BY THOSE OF SOME OTHER LIZARDS. THEIR CHANGE OF COLOUR IS PARTLY REFLEX AND PARTLY CONTROLLED BY THE WILL. CHANGES IN THE INTENSITY OF LIGHT, CHANGE OF TEMPERATURE AND EMOTION PRODUCE MARKED AND CHARACTERISTIC CHANGES, BUT THERE IS LITTLE DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE COLOUR OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

    NORMAL COLOUR OF A CHAMELEONS MAY BE GREY-GREEN WITH INNUMERABLE DARK SPECKS AND WITH ROWS OF PALE.BROWN PATCHES ON THE SIDES OF THE BODY.

    AN OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF THE CHAMELEON IS ITS TONGUE. IT IS LARGE, CLUB-SHAPED, AND PROVIDED WITH A STICK SECRETION AT ITS TIP. BY FILLING IT WITH BLOOD, AND BY THE ACTION OF CERTAIN MUSCLES, THE TONGUE CAN BE SHOT OUT TO A REMARKABLE DISTANCE - SEVEN OR EIGHT INCHES IN A FULL-GROWN SPECIMEN OF THE COMMON NORTH AFRICAN SPECIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA82UVRL6SA1FCTN0A14J1N83XA
    Media URN:
    VLVA82UVRL6SA1FCTN0A14J1N83XA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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