World’s ‘smallest reptile’ found in Madagascar
A sun flower-seed-sized sub specie of Chameleon has been found in Madagascar. Scientists believe that they might have discovered the smallest reptile on Earth.
According to the news report published in The Guardian: The male Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, has a body that is only 13.5mm (0.53 inches) long, making it the smallest of all the roughly 11,500 known species of reptiles, the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich said. Its total length from nose to tail is just under 22mm (0.87 inch).
The female nano-chameleon is significantly larger, with an overall length of 29mm, the research institute said, adding that the scientists were unable to find further specimens of the new subspecies “despite great effort”.
The two lizards were discovered by the German-Madagascan expedition team in northern side of the Island.
Oliver Hawlitschek, a scientist at the Center of Natural History in Hamburg, said: “The nano-chameleon’s habitat has unfortunately been subject to deforestation, but the area was placed under protection recently, so the species will survive.” (BBC reported)