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Mar 27 2013

Brookesia Micra: the Tiniest Chameleon Ever

Smallest chameleon in the world on a thumb

I should probably cut my nails.

This is what would happen if a baby chameleon had a baby chameleon, and then that baby chameleon had a baby chameleon. Behold Brookesia Micra – the world’s smallest chameleon. As exemplified by the juvenile perched on a nail, this chameleon is very seriously diminutive – adults reach a maximum length of 1.2 inches from snout to tail. Brookesia Micra was only recently discovered in 2012 on the tiny island of Nosy Hara in Madagascar. It’s a classic example of island dwarfism – organisms gets tinier due to limited available resources.

World's smallest chameleon sitting on a matchstick

Obligatory matchstick photo showing miniature scale.

Brookesia Micra is so micra, it doesn’t even require color changing for camouflage – it blends in perfectly among leaf litter. Because of this, it makes the perfect camouflage against predators and the best camouflage for hunting preys. Amazing, isn’t it? Now if you want the Brookesia Micra as a pet, it might be hard to find, not just because of its size but also its rarity in the market. However, you’ll find reptiles for sale online and there are trustworthy stores out there. Just read the reviews and hope you have fun with your tiny pet reptile.

Smallest chameleon on grass

Let’s call this Chamouflage.


Photos via Nat Geo, Dailymail