This video shows all of the chameleon’s highly-specialized assets at work.
Lots of mammals have prehensile tails, but chameleons are the only lizards that have them. Wrapped around a branch, the tail anchors the chameleon’s “firing platform.”
Its toes are bunched together into “mittens” that are ideal for a powerful grip. If you don’t believe me, let a chameleon climb your bare arm. No other reptile has this feature.
Its body is vertically flattened for easy passage through thick foliage.
Then there are the chameleon’s eyes, each one packed into a turret and capable of moving independently. The lizard can look in any direction without having to move its body. And the eyes can bring the prey into very sharp focus.
Many lizards eat insects, and most of them have to accomplish that on the run, and by being quicker than their prey. But the chameleon, thanks to its projectile tongue, can attack while it’s still too far away for the insect to perceive it as a threat.
Finally, we have the chameleon’s famous ability to change color and blend in with its surroundings.
Do you honestly believe that each of these special abilities, all of them, “evolved” by pure chance over kazillions of years?
Wanna buy a bridge?
This is Mr. Nature, celebrating God’s amazing handiwork.
Ever since the really hot weather started, we’ve been annoyed by flies.
The very thought of a chameleon is a morale-booster. These guys never miss! I know because I had chameleons many years ago and they were super-deadly to any flying or crawling or hopping insect. Much more accurate than I am with a fly-swatter.
It’s a pleasure to watch.
I’m beginning to fear that maybe this quokka stuff is getting out of hand; but then I’m getting killed with allergies today, so what do I know?
See if you can spot Byron in the crowd of neighbors, friends, and relatives. Some of them will be getting together to play Bell Mountain Trivia later tonight.
I have to go to bed. I feel awful.
Really, what would we do without them? Well, okay, we probably could do without the fox that snatches your wallet and runs away with it. But look at the bulldog cuddling with his daddy–what more could you ask?
I speak as someone who has had his mustache groomed by a mouse.
Wait a minute! How did that extremely naughty cockatiel get into what’s supposed to be a “Best Pets” video? Have a couple like him around, and your house will soon become an archaeological site.
The dog playing Tarzan–much more constructive.
Are these little characters adorable, or what? And what equipment! Great big eyes, great big ears, dexterous little hands, the agility of a monkey, and a lively curiosity betokening a keen intelligence–plus there’s a suggestion that they are maybe not of this earth.
I’ve never known anyone who had a pet bush baby. I wonder how much trouble they can get into when you’re not looking.
Our day today got off to a bad start with an illness scare, plus an invasion of flies, but by and by it settled down and we didn’t have to rush to the emergency room.
Meanwhile, “Unknowable” sent us this video, which has a very soothing effect. I’m convinced these moments, captured on video, give us a foretaste of what our God has in store for us when He finishes His work of restoring the Creation.
It’s going to be great!
Jambo! Mr. Nature here; and today our safari takes us no farther than the nearest pond or patch of moss.
Tardigrades, aka “water bears” because they look sort of like little tiny bears, are only a millimeter long; but they may be the toughest living things on earth. They can survive inside a live volcano, in the depths of an iceberg, or even for 10 days in outer space without oxygen or any of those other amenities we take for granted under the atmosphere. When they go dormant, they can last–well, maybe forever. But just add water and they’re back in business!
I discount the speculation that tardigrades originally came here from outer space. The same God who created the Baluchitherium, coral reefs, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Mozart shouldn’t have had any trouble creating water bears. Trouble, no: fun, yes!
Up here in Outer Jersey we’ve had a dark, cold, rainy spring, and I had begun to worry that maybe this time our lightning bugs would sit it out. But this past week they have returned.
Jambo, Mr. Nature here, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like seeing fireflies light up a spring or summer night. As kids we used to catch them in jars and put them in our bedrooms at night, only to find them dead in the morning.
A few facts: they’re not flies or bugs, but soft-shelled beetles. Only the males fly around, flashing on and off to attract potential mates. The females remain mostly in safe places on the shrubbery or grass, signaling back. There are thousands of species of lightning bugs around the world, but they all do pretty much the same thing.
More of God’s stuff–and He has outdone Himself this time, creating beauty.
A world without these creatures would be very poor indeed.