Brookesia micra

…is a extremely small species of chameleon native to the islet of Nosy Hara in Northern Madagascar. B. micra is one of the smallest known reptiles as adults only grow to around 29 mm (1.1 in) that’s small enough to stand on a match head!  It is thought that B.micra’s unusual size is linked to its habitats, via insular dwarfism but that has not yet been confirmed. B. micra is primarily diurnal and hunts in the leaf litter for insects and other small invertebrates. Like other members of the genus Brookesia B. micra uses its tail as an extra limb, using it to grasp onto branches for added stability.



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Tiniest Chameleon

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The world’s tiniest chameleon, Brookesia micra, was discovered on a tiny island off Madagascar, scientists reported in February 2012. Adult males of the B. micra species grow to only just over a half-inch (16 millimeters) from nose to bottom, making them one of the smallest vertebrates ever found on Earth. 


“…One of the world’s tiniest lizards has been discovered by keen-eyed researchers in Madagascar.
The miniature chameleon, Brookesia micra, reaches a maximum length of just 29mm.
German scientists also found a further three new species in the north of the island.
The lizards were limited to very small ranges and scientists are concerned they could be at risk from habitat disturbance…”

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