We all know chameleons are infamous for changing color when they feel the need to blend into their surroundings…but when did they acquire the ability to shrink down to the size of a toe nail clipping?
The Brookesia micra (pictured above) is the smallest of four new chameleon species found on the African island country of Madagascar. With an average adult length of just over an inch (2.9 centimeters) from snout to tail, B. micra is among the tiniest reptiles in the world.
Discovered on a small islet just off Madagascar, this tiny reptile is one of a new species thought to be one of the smallest reptiles on the planet — and is definitely the smallest chameleon.
Scientists think the diminutive new chameleon species might represent extreme cases of island dwarfism, whereby organisms shrink in size due to limited resources on islands.
Here are more photos of this amazing little chameleon: