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Scientists have recently discovered Brookesia micra, the world's smallest known chameleon. Small enough as a juvenile to stand on the head of a match, this tiny reptile may grow up to 1.2 inches in length. When it is fully grown, its tail will turn a gradated orange.
The dwarf chameleon can be found on the islet of Nosy Hara in extreme northern Madagascar, a nation that is home to nearly half of all known chameleons. They forage on the forest floor and climb up to lower branches of short plants to sleep at night.
Check out these Science NetLinks resources on reptiles to put this tiny member in perspective:
- Lizard Mates (6-12)
- Giant Snake (6-12)
- Classify That (6-8)
- Weird & Wonderful Creatures: Gila Monster (blog post)
- Weird & Wonderful Creatures: Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama (blog post)