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Published on Feb 15, 2012
CORRECTION: The audio of this video suggests that the "Madagascar" movies are made by Disney. The movies were actually produced by Dreamworks/Pixar.
Forget changing color—the newest chameleons known to mankind are hard to find for a whole different reason. They're miniature!
Four new species, informally known as leaf chameleons, were discovered in a remote Madagascar rain forest. They're roughly the size of a fingernail—an inch long from snout to tail. The little creatures don't get the title of smallest reptile—the dwarf-gecko found in the British Virgin Islands is tinier—but they're pretty close.
Why so small? Scientists believe this island dwarfism may be due to limited resources and a need to procreate faster. Their survival is also currently threatened by deforestation.
Disney—sounds like it's time for a new character in the Madagascar movies.