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Miniature chameleon: World's tiniest reptile discovered in Madagascar
Examiner.com ^ | February 17, 2012 | Nannette Richford

Posted on 02/17/2012 3:11:10 PM PST by presidio9

What do Bigfoot, Sasquash and miniature chameleons have in common? Until recently, nearly anyone would tell you they didn’t exist. That has changed, at least for the dwarf chameleon. Brookesia micra, the world’s tiniest reptile has been discovered on the island of Nosy Hara, northern Madagascar. This tiny creature reaches less than one- inch in length at maturity. Researches discovered these miniature chameleons sleeping in bushes four inches above the ground level.

"They mostly live in the leaf litter in the day ... But at night they climb up and then you can spot them." Says lead investigator Frank Glaw.

Glaw further explains that these chameleons likely developed island dwarfism as a result of isolation as they adapted to a restricted habitat.

Mainer’s react with surprise and fascination to this discovery.

“It really makes you wonder what may be hiding right beneath our nose,” says cryptozoological enthusiast, Janice Peterson, of northern Maine . "We humans are an egotistical lot who scoff at the thought of undiscovered species. There are creatures out there – like the elusive Bigfoot or prehistoric sea creatures - waiting to be discovered. This is just one more case where science verifies the existence of previously unknown creatures.”

The German lead research team explains that Brookesia micra’s habitat is restricted to a very small islet and may represent extreme island dwarfism.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chameleons; cryptozoology; littlecritters; notgecko; tinypackages

Miniature chameleon discovered in Madagascar. Credit: PloS One/ Creative Commons Attribution License

(insert Mitt Romney joke here)

Pretty cool to think that God managed to pack all the necessary organs and systems of a complex adult vertabrate into such a tiny package.

1 posted on 02/17/2012 3:11:12 PM PST by presidio9
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2 posted on 02/17/2012 3:11:48 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: SunkenCiv; nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows

ping


3 posted on 02/17/2012 3:14:56 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

..reminds me of those tiny frogs


4 posted on 02/17/2012 3:15:11 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: presidio9
..reminds me of those tiny frogs
5 posted on 02/17/2012 3:16:26 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

whoops


6 posted on 02/17/2012 3:17:04 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: presidio9

Wow, they are tiny!
I’m curious to see what their babies look like after they are born.
Any pictures available?


7 posted on 02/17/2012 3:17:54 PM PST by rawhide
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To: presidio9

Man what a cool little creature.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 3:19:45 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: presidio9
I'll put my tiny turtle up against that soft body any day.

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9 posted on 02/17/2012 3:20:50 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: pcottraux

ping


10 posted on 02/17/2012 3:20:56 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

It was funny to watch my pro-abortion Facebook friends marvel and wonder over this lizard. They apparently didn’t see the mental disconnect that requires.


11 posted on 02/17/2012 3:25:12 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: presidio9

Interesting! However, I must protest dragging Bigfoot into this discussion. He is the one ultimate truth left on this earth.


12 posted on 02/17/2012 3:26:21 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Doogle

From what I understand, the frogs hatch as hoppers (do not go through the tadpole stage) and get larger (though not much larger). The cameleon is an adult. Scientists think the smallest vertabrate will ultimately be some species of fish.

Tiny Chameleon can’t change color, BTW.


13 posted on 02/17/2012 3:26:37 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: mvpel
It was funny to watch my pro-abortion Facebook friends marvel and wonder over this lizard. They apparently didn’t see the mental disconnect that requires.

The difference being momma and daddy chameleon PLANNED this guy, while baby humans can be "punishment" in the Obamasphere.

14 posted on 02/17/2012 3:29:51 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

Can’t change color you say? Let me step on him one time.


15 posted on 02/17/2012 3:32:04 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: cripplecreek

16 posted on 02/17/2012 3:33:14 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: goseminoles

The much larger Romney Chameleon changes from red to blue, depending on what state he’s in.


17 posted on 02/17/2012 3:34:50 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

“IT’S COMIN’ RIGHT FOR US!”


18 posted on 02/17/2012 3:35:50 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: presidio9

You’re an awesome photo-shopper.


19 posted on 02/17/2012 3:36:23 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: presidio9

Lol!!


20 posted on 02/17/2012 3:36:42 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Slings and Arrows

Let’s Hope they never make it to the U.S. The EPA will go crazy regarding protecting it as an endangered species.


21 posted on 02/17/2012 3:40:02 PM PST by snoopy 'n linus
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To: presidio9

This thing could feast on skeeters.. import them to Louisiana.. a billion of them could knock the skeeter level down...


22 posted on 02/17/2012 3:40:07 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: 353FMG

Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur (world's smallest primate)

23 posted on 02/17/2012 3:40:15 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

interesting


24 posted on 02/17/2012 3:46:03 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: presidio9

So adorable! So are all the little beasties.


25 posted on 02/17/2012 3:58:51 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Tiny Obama Family (waving from the eye of a needle)

26 posted on 02/17/2012 4:05:06 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9
I've trained American/western fence lizards to eat meal worms out of my hand. No cages. Cool little animals. They eat flies and mosquitoes and are my good friends. In fact, they come when I call them.

We have several different clans/families around the hideout from several generations.

27 posted on 02/17/2012 4:08:27 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: presidio9

LOL! NOTHING cute about Erkel and the Wookie, no matter how tiny.


28 posted on 02/17/2012 4:12:02 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: dragnet2
In regards to #27

Very smart lizards.

29 posted on 02/17/2012 4:12:30 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: presidio9

Fasinating that you need a microscope to see it, but the artist still managed to make the First Lady’s butt look big.


30 posted on 02/17/2012 4:14:02 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: dragnet2

But can he sell car insurance?


31 posted on 02/17/2012 4:18:13 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

No, my lizard friends are based in reality, and have no desire to rip anyone off.


32 posted on 02/17/2012 4:21:13 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Not especially small though, now are they?


33 posted on 02/17/2012 4:25:23 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

I’ve trained baby American/western fence lizards to eat out of my hand, which are no larger than about 1” long.


34 posted on 02/17/2012 4:27:59 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: presidio9

Wow, looks like it takes quite a few per spoon full! Just add a little milk...


35 posted on 02/17/2012 4:36:18 PM PST by Boiling point
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To: dragnet2

And I used to bullseye womprats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters.


36 posted on 02/17/2012 4:37:44 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: hosepipe
"This thing could feast on skeeters.. import them to Louisiana.."

LOL...Louisiana skeeters would cart those little things off to their nests to feed their young.

37 posted on 02/17/2012 4:41:37 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: presidio9

Obama’s ears are too small, but the artist got his brain about the right size.


38 posted on 02/17/2012 4:43:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: presidio9

I have no idea what you’re referring to.


39 posted on 02/17/2012 4:48:37 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: 353FMG

Those are finger monkeys. I suppose, when they grow up, they are technically arm monkeys, but they’re still called finger monkeys.


40 posted on 02/17/2012 5:00:51 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: presidio9

My goodness, there have been a LOT of people with really big fingers pictured on the internet recently. They make those animals look tiny!


41 posted on 02/17/2012 5:02:27 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: presidio9

Thanks presidio9, these are cute, at least in the chameleon context.


42 posted on 02/18/2012 4:51:41 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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