The smallest chameleon on the planet found in Madagascar
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, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
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.
“Their size suggests that chameleons might have evolved in Madagascar from small and inconspicuous ancestors, quite unlike the larger and more colorful chameleons most familiar to us today,” he said.
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.