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World's Tiniest Chameleon Discovered: PHOTO


The world's tiniest chameleon, and one of the smallest vertebrates on Earth has been discovered on a tiny island off of Madagascar:

In addition to the discovery of Brookesia micra, now the tiniest chameleon ever discovered, the researchers also announced the discovery of three additional tiny chameleon species. Adult males of the B. micra species grow to only just over a half-inch (16 millimeters) from nose to bottom, making them one of the smallest vertebrates ever found on Earth. From nose to tail, adults of both sexes grow to only 1 inch (30 mm) in length.

The research team had to go looking for them at night while they are asleep in the branches of trees. At least two of the newly discovered species is threatened by habitat loss.

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  1. Wonders of our world never cease, amazing!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 15, 2012 2:32:05 PM

  2. Very cool!!

    But will that guy please trim his nails?

    Posted by: Frank | Feb 15, 2012 2:35:03 PM

  3. Somehow my penis doesn't seem so small any longer. :-P

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Feb 15, 2012 2:37:16 PM

  4. I love chameleons- and it's good luck to have one in your house.

    Posted by: Rance | Feb 15, 2012 2:46:47 PM

  5. Anyone else laugh at the irony?

    Posted by: mike | Feb 15, 2012 3:28:56 PM

  6. MOM! can i have a bookesia micra for my birthday PLEASE???

    Posted by: The Inveterate Lurker | Feb 15, 2012 8:29:47 PM

  7. How do we KNOW that it's the world's tiniest chameleon? A really GOOD chameleon wouldn't be discovered, would it?

    Posted by: buster | Feb 15, 2012 9:21:05 PM

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