Meet the world's tiniest chameleon

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    A species of chameleon small enough to easily perch on a match head has been discovered on a tiny island off Madagascar, a group of scientists has announced. In addition to the discovery of Brookesia micra, now the tiniest chameleon ever discovered, the researchers also announced the discovery of three additional tiny chameleon species. 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. From nose to tail, adults of both sexes grow to only 1 inch (30 mm) in length.

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    may already be there...being a chameleon and all!
     
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    Im still waiting for them to discover a miniature giraffe :p
     
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    What chameleon??:D

    It seems to have taken on protective coloration and it looks like a finger.

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    Does it purr??

    If it tries to suck my breath in the night it just might get swallowed. :eek:

    The litter box must be really, really small.
     
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    Could be but I am not wearing pants so there's that.
     
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    Cool. Wouldn't mind a terrarium with some of those in it.
     
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    How something like that has survived predatation is amazing. I want.
     
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    I've got a tiny lizard in my pocket! Wait....

    I can't help but wonder - what do those guys feed off of? (the ones the news article is about). I could see a mosquito being dangerous game for one of those lizards. :eek:
     
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    Yes, it would be nice, but like-minded individuals like you would quickly decimate them in the wild.

    "Leave nothing but foot-prints, take nothing but pictures." ;)
     
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    You don't have to tell me. I learned that lesson long ago on the Brady Bunch when Bobby took that lava rock from Hawaii.
     
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    Probably because it was too small for most predators to see :/ but heck yeh count me in.
     
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    The Locals say there is a curse on anyone taking their famous black sand home.

    I choose to believe them. ;)
     
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    Chameleons are so cute. I was going to look into the legality of one (a typical one, not one of these) as a pet here, but apparently they don't live very long and I get way too attached to pets:(.
     
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    You have to attempt to look at the bigger picture.

    Short-lived pets deserve a decent life-span too, and you can provide that.

    I know it's not easy, for I have buried more than a couple of beloved pets, but I try to be more circumspect.

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    Its the size of an ant! I wonder what it eats.
     
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    [font="Myriad Pro",Myriad,"Lucida Grande"]Chameleon Nano

    Perfect camouflage at your fingertip.

    $299.

    apple.com/chameleonnano[/font]
     
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    Meh, I'd probably be hungry again in 10 minutes.
     
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    OMFG ITS SO CUUUUUUUTE

    This is the part where we find out it climbs into your ear lobes and eats at your inner ear.
     
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    I wonder if you can train a pack of chameleons to put on a show? How many do you need to achieve retina-quality?
     
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    zing!
     
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    I would've upvoted you except you had to explain your joke.

    My contribution: That person went to great lengths to cut their nail into the shape of a cute little chameleon.
     

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