An island off the coast of Africa, is home to some of the world's most exciting and unique animal species, about 75% of animals that cannot be found anywhere else on this mysterious planet.
The newest member to join this amazing list of exotic and unique creatures is... a reptile species small enough to perch on the tip of a finger! The Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, was discovered in Madagascar's rainforests up North by an expedition team which was led by Dr. Frank Glaw, a herpetologist at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich, Germany.
The male nano-chameleon, which is 0.5 inches Starting from snout to the vent — with a total length of 0.87 inches. It is the smallest thing among all the world's 11,500 known reptile species. The title previously belonged to the Jaragua dwarf gecko, which boasts a slightly longer snout to vent length of 0.63 inches.
The female nano-chameleon was much larger in comparison to the male, measuring a "massive" 0.75 inches from snout to vent, with an overall length of 1.14 inches." Unlike most chameleons, the blotchy brown lizards don’t change color. They also prefer to live on the rainforest’s floor, spending their days hunting for mites and springtails.