Thirsty Chameleon Found Mummified Alive by India’s Searing Sun

A thirsty chameleon that perished during its desperate search for water may no longer be of this world, but its mummy — naturally preserved by India’s hot, tropical climate — has intrigued people the world over.

Chameleons that are dehydrated or weak lose their ability to grip and climb, and drop to the ground when they’re close to death.

During the examination of the mummy, Lenin noticed two small holes in its skin, she said. These were likely caused by ants that ate the chameleon’s organs, probably speeding up the mummification process.



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