Tiny Chameleon Is Cute, Near Impossible To Find

Chameleons are famous for their ability to change colour as a defensive mechanism. But what if that wasn't enough? You'd need something else -- like, say, being the world's smallest chameleon. This tiny little chap is only 16mm long from snout to backside, which means he fits on your fingertip. The Brookesia micra are the tiniest chameleons in existence, and they were discovered recently by scientists investigating the entire family of miniature sized leaf chameleons, the Brookesia Minima group in northern Madagascar.

An article published at PLoS ONE details the discovery of the tiny leaf chameleons by scientists, who are genetically testing the teeny tiny critters to work out how you get so much variance in such a small geographic area.

All I know is that they're almost unbearably cute, and I could stare at those images all day. Would it be wrong to want an army of them as house pets? [PLoS ONE]


Comments

    Yes, it would be wrong. You'd sit on them. Regularly.

    imaging having a body suit of these little guys. They could change colour and make you invisible!

      SEE MY VEST,... SEE MY VEST.... SEEEE MMYYYYY VEEESSSTTTT !

    Hehe he's awesome! I want one :o)

    They are amazingly cute, I want one so bad.

    Also, your headline is missing a comma.

      Weird editing error; fixed now. I blame the tiny chameleons -- one of them must have crawled into the content system...

    with those tiny claws, back away from the match head SLOWLY

      haha,

    Looks like a hoax to me. It a normal chameleon sitting on the world's biggest finger and a rather large match

    " ability to change colour as a defensive mechanism. "
    Not quite correct. A common misconception.
    A bit of trivia for you.
    Chameleons change their colors depending on their mood and for social signaling. (for the most part)
    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/11/chameleons-dont-change-color-to-match-their-environment/

    " Would it be wrong to want an army of them as house pets? "
    No. :)

    Now that is just too cute. I'd love to build a big terrarium and have a few hundred running about.

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