Animal Movement in Slow Motion

Feeding movements in many reptiles and amphibians are typically extremely brief, too short in duration to be seen by the unaided eye. The movies on this site were made using high-speed video cameras running at speeds of up to 10,000 images per second. For comparison, normal video records at only 50 or 60 pictures per second. Please contact us for use of these images.

Bolitoglossa dofleini – A bolitoglossine salamander with the highest power tongue projection measured in an animal.

Hydromantes A salamander with the longest tongue of any amphibian, measured absolutely and relative to body size.

Eurycea wilderae – A diminutive plethodontid salamander with a very fast tongue, feeding on a termite.


Cryptobranchus alleganiensis  – An enormous aquatic salamander suction feeding.

Hymenochirus boettgeri – A tiny carnivorous tadpole that feeds like a fish.


Ambystoma maculatum – A spotted salamander with a large fleshy tongue that is fast but not long.


Bufo terrestris – A southern toad flipping its tongue ballistically by opening its mouth extremely quickly.


Rana pipiens – Ballistic tongue projection in the leopard frog.

Chamaeleo calyptratus – A veiled chameleon projecting its tongue at a cricket.

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