Wednesday, March 14, 2007
This is the giant palm salamander of Central America (Bolitoglossa dofleini). Scientists have measured the power of its tongue which it uses to capture and eat quick bugs. It has a thrust that releases over 18,000 watts of power per kilogram of muscle. That is more powerful than the tongue of the Colorado River toad, which used to hold the world record at 9,600 watts of power.