15 Feb '12, 2pm
OMG tiny chameleon
I’m not usually a sucker for reptiles and amphibians the way I am for, say, sloths — but when they’re the world’s tiniest, who can resist? First we had this ickle mini frogling , and now there’s a wee precious chameleonette . Actually, there were four distinct species of ittle-bitty chameleons discovered in Madagascar, all members of the generally miniature genus Brookesia, and all less than two inches long. Members of the smallest species, Brookesia micra , reach a maximum adult length of about an inch (the weeniest specimens were less than 2/3 of an inch, and that’s probably one of them up there, unless that dude’s fingers are huge). These aren’t exactly going to knock the tiniest frog off its miniature throne as smallest vertebrate in the world — they may not even be the smallest reptiles. But they’re pretty tiny, and their habitat is tiny too; B. micra is found only on...