Discovered: World's Smallest Chameleon

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A new tiny species of chameleon (Brookesia micra) was recently discovered in Madagascar. The scientists who discovered the animal speculate that it is likely at the lower limit of size for a vertebrate with complex eyes. Shown in the image above is a juvenile.

At a little over half an inch, the chameleon loses out on being considered the world's tiniest vertebrate. This record is currently held by a recently discovered teeny frog (equally adorable at an average length of 0.3 inches) that was found in a pile of leaves in Papua New Guinea. You can see a photo of the frog here.

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Kind of surprising you didn't mistake it for a nose booger... I would have already smashed it in my Kleenex.

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