Do You Know? Liliput Chameleon, The World’s Smallest Chameleon

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This chameleon is so tiny. It is only slightly larger than the tip of a match.

Found at Night

This little chameleon was found on Nosy Hara Island, near the island of Madagascar. The researchers led by Dr. Frank Glaw found this chameleon on a special expedition in 2003 – 2007. The special expedition was to research reptiles.

They find these chameleons at night when lizards and chameleons sleep. At night, the reptiles sleep almost motionless, making it easier to catch them.

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Little Reptile

During the expedition, several new reptiles were discovered. This chameleon is the smallest in size. Because small, he was given the scientific name Brookesia micra. Micra means small.

This chameleon is also called the lilliput chameleon, dwarf chameleon, miniature chameleon, and small leaf chameleon. It is not easy to observe this chameleon because it is very small. Need special tools to observe the parts of his body. The results of research on this chameleon were only released in 2012, years after it was discovered.

The chameleon found by Dr. Frank Glaw and his friends is immature. It is about the size of the tip of a match. When it is an adult, its body length can reach 1.6 cm. While the length from the tip of the nose to the tail can reach 3 cm. Hmm… keep it small yes! This chameleon is the smallest chameleon in the world.

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