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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:25 PM

Newly discovered 'nano-chameleon' is world's smallest known reptile

A tiny new species of chameleon has been discovered, and it seems to be the smallest reptile in the world. Known as Brookesia nana, or the nano-chameleon, the petite species can perch on a fingertip and may have the smallest adult males of any vertebrate.

The species was discovered in the northern regions of the island of Madagascar. Only two specimens of B. nana have been found so far but, conveniently, itís a male and a female pair. The female has a body length of 19 mm (0.7 in), or 29 mm (1.1 in) including the tail, which is small enough to place it among the smallest known geckos and chameleons.

https://newatlas.com/science/nano-chameleon-worlds-smallest-reptile/

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WillParkinson Feb 2021 OP
OregonBlue Feb 2021 #1
Goonch Feb 2021 #2
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2021 #5
Wicked Blue Feb 2021 #3
stopdiggin Feb 2021 #4
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2021 #6

Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:30 PM

1. Aren't they just adorable. Love them.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:31 PM

2. ;-{)

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:44 PM

3. The male's genitals were "almost 20 percent of his total body size"

"Likewise, the maleís genitals seemed to be well-developed, indicating he was also sexually mature.

In fact, that was the one part of its body that wasnít tiny, relatively speaking. The genitals were almost 20 percent of his total body size, which the team says would be needed in order to mate with the significantly larger females."

from the same article

https://newatlas.com/science/nano-chameleon-worlds-smallest-reptile/

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 04:44 PM

4. wait a sec!

My fingers (even thumbs) are nowhere near an inch across. So -- is that a baby nano?

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 10:57 AM

6. My thumb is 21mm (0.83 in) across, so quite near an inch

and I don't think it's larger than average, for a man. The male is 22mm, including the tail, which would fit the picture.

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