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Published on Dec 21, 2008
The Chimmy Chamma's tail has evolved to avoid sinking into the soft ground of the swamp. Its mutli-sucker tail traps enough air to prevent sinking into the mud, no longer capable of hanging from trees.
It enjoys eating fruit and berries it find, but the scarcity of such food has turned the Chimmy Chamma to an insectivorous eating habit. They gather lumps of moss and chew it up with berries to attract flies. They leave their mouth open and wait patiently for insects to swarm to the food. They have learned of this eating from observing flytraps.
Chimmy Chamma mate all year round, but female Chimmy Chamma are attracted to males with a larger bush on their tail. This is because when the young are born, they won't fall off of the tail easily when the Chimmy Chamma walks.
Its coloration is a result of accumalated moss and algae in swamplife.