Miniature Chameleon Discovered

Ever thought a lizard, that too a chameleon, would be small enough to balance on the end of a matchstick? The Brookesia micra, a newly discovered species of chameleons found in Madagascar, can do just that.

Brookesia Micra worlds smallest chameleon

An adult grows to just 2.9cm (a little larger than an inch) from snout to tail, making it one of the smallest reptiles on earth. A far cry from its ancestor behemoths that roamed the earth millions of years ago.

Lizard on a matchstick

The chameleon’s small size may be attributed to island dwarfism, which causes most plant and animal species to reduce in size over hundreds or thousands of years.

Smallest chameleon in the world

More details on National Geographic.