The World’s Smallest Reptile Miniaturized Chameleon Brookesia nana

Based on two individuals one male and one female, scientists describe a new and extremely miniaturized chameleon Brookesia nana. The male chameleon has a length of 21.6-millimeter from snout-to-tail and the male chameleon has a length of  28.9 -millimeter from snout-to-tail. Due to their miniature size, Brookesia nana may be the world’s smallest reptile species.

These miniaturized Brookesia are rainforest species inhabit mostly forests in lowlands. The species is found in the mountainous forests of northern Madagascar.

Image: F. GLAW/ZSM/SNSB

Article: Glaw et al., 2021, Scientific Rep