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WORLD’S SMALLEST CHAMELEON


Chameleons are known for their ability to blend in, but this one is even better known for being the world’s smallest chameleon.

Balanced on the tip of a scientist’s fingernail in Madagascar, the-three centimetre reptile is no bigger than the flies that form his average-sized cousin’s lunch.

Scientists discovered four new species – called Brookesia micra – on a small islet just off the main island.

This particular chameleon is now thought to be one of the smallest reptiles on the planet.

Ted Townsend, of San Diego State University, carried out genetic testing on the new species.

He said: “Their size suggests that chameleons might have evolved in Madagascar from small and inconspicuous ancestors, quite unlike the larger and more colourful chameleons most familiar to us today.”

Wil Longbottom
Mail Online