The world’s smallest chameleon

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Brookesia micra is a species of chameleon from the islet of Nosy Hara in Antsiranana, Madagascar. As of 14 February 2012, it is the smallest known chameleon and among the smallest reptiles. In length, adult Brookesia micra can grow up to 29 mm (1.1 in).

Brookesia micra, together with three other species, was found in north Madagascar some time between 2003 and 2007. This species was discovered on a small islet off the coast of Madagascar. They typically reside in leaf litter during the day, and climb up into tree branches as high as 10 cm (3.9 in) at night to sleep. B. micra lives in an area subject to illegal logging, which may make the species “sensitive to habitat destruction”, according to researcher Jorn Köhler. source

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