Mini-meleon: one of the world’s smallest reptiles
A three-centimeter chameleon discovered in Madagascar is now thought to be one of the smallest reptiles on the planet.
Balanced on the tip of a scientist’s fingernail in Madagascar, the-three centimeter 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 Madagascar.
Ted Townsend, of San Diego State University, carried out genetic testing on the new species.
Ted Townsend 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.”
The new additions to the chameleon species are only found in an area just a few square miles in size.
Experts believe they may be especially sensitive to habitat destruction.