Meet one little chameleon, a member of the newly discovered Brookesia micra species:
This teensy-tiny guy (or gal, not sure which) is a juvenile member of a species discovered in 2007. They live on the ground among limestone pebbles and dry deciduous forest leaf litter near a small stream on Nosy Hara in the Antsiranana Province of northern Madagascar. At night, they climb 2 to 4 inches up the stems of very small plants to hide in their leaves.
He's got a baby brother, even smaller:
|Baby B. Micra|
Adult B. micras, which are only 1/5th of an inch long, have orange-colored tails:
|Daddy B. micra, actual size = 1/5th of an inch|
Life is a miracle all around though, isn't it?
Read more about these new discoveries in a recently published paper, Rivaling the World's Smallest Reptiles: "Discovery of Miniaturized and Microendemic New Species of Leaf Chameleons (Brookesia) from Northern Madagascar," by Frank Glaw, Jorn Kohler, Ted M. Townsend, and Miguel Vences.