Tiny, adorable lizard is tiny, adorable


49 Responses to “Tiny, adorable lizard is tiny, adorable”

  1. You could  have a small town of those as pets!

  2. DeGreg says:

    Hand model needs a nail trim

  3. slashdottir says:

    I CAN HAZ?!

  4. Perfect riding steeds for angels once they get tired of dancing on the head of that pin.

  5. C.J. Hayes says:

    In fig. C that thing is thinking big thoughts.

  6. CHilke says:

    world 2 big

    i 2 little

    home plz

  7. blorgggg says:

    Oh man! I was JUST looking at this in this awesome book my librarian wife just brought home: “Astonishing Animals” by Flannery 

    It has amazing pictures of the weirdest animals that i have never even heard of, and is just wonderfully well written! Check out the excerpt about the “Screaming Budgett’s Frog” ————- (image and full text available here:http://www.andrewisles.com/all-stock/publication/screaming-budgetts-frog-and-lt-i-and-gt-lepidobatrachus-laevis-and-lt-i-and-gt-original-artwork-from-and-lt-i-and-gt-astonishing-animals-and-lt-i-and-gt-)”In overall appearance it resembles the turd that a herbivorous mammal has left on the side 
    of a muddy pool – good protection perhaps from frog-eating predators. The species gets its 
    name from its threat display. If its turd-like disguise fails it, it rises up on its toes, inflates its body and screams loudly, mouth agape, like a woman in distress. 
    Budgett’s frogs have some other unpleasant habits too. They bite whenever they can and 
    are generally unclean creatures, which leaves them susceptible to infections and sores when held in captivity. They are also cannibals. “

  8. RuthlessRuben says:

    Thank god it’s not able to change color or anything, the dose of adorable would probably be way beyond anything the surgeon general allows.

  9. Flashman says:

    Charmer Chameleon

    PS: Not *quite* as cute as a miniature chameleon, but my dad has discovered a couple of new tree species on Madagascar.

    • Probiers Malaus says:

      I’m curious: Are they described already? Could you point out the species? What’s he doing there, working for MoBot/MNHN by any chance?

  10. IshmaeLeaver says:

    The chihuahua of the lizard world :)

  11. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Oh.  ‘Adorable’, not ‘edible’.  I was thinking of sprinkling them on ice cream.

  12. prawojazdy says:

    “Voucher specimens were euthanized using approved methods (anaesthesia with ketamine, followed by ketamine overdosis) that do not require approval by an ethics committee.”

    That’s straying from the adorable a little bit, though the idea of tiny, ketamine-addled lizards has potential.

  13. bardfinn says:

    You put one of these in your ear and it decodes your brain-wave matrix with the language you hear, so everything is both understandable and grooooovy.

  14. GawainLavers says:

    There’s a great segment on miniature chameleons in David Attenborough’s “Life in Cold Blood”; highly recommended in its entirety.

  15. miasm says:

    “hmm, I wonder what it smells liaaaaaargh!”

  16. colin gardner says:

    The amazing thing about these tiny lizards, who exist in the same order of magnitude as insects, and to paraphrase David Attenborough is that despite being so small, they have all the essential vertebrate kit.  Full skeletons, liver, heart, kidney, veins, eyes brains &c they have it all just like any normal chameleon but somehow so very small. Its quite amazing.

    • Kimmo says:

      Yeah, surprising to see the architechture’s still viable at that scale; although I guess it’s down to the fact that vertebrates have a far more developed and adaptable design than insects…

      For instance, since they breathe with their skin, the non-linearity of surface area to mass ratio versus size means their respiration doesn’t really work above 100g. But anyone who’s studied much biology knows something of the mind-bogglingly tiny and intricate scale life operates on, so it’s not that astounding; the building blocks are fairly minute…

      • Probiers Malaus says:

         Kimmo, reptiles (including birds) do not breathe with their skin. Neither do insects. (There are, FYI, a lot of insects which actively breathe.)

        • Kimmo says:

          Look, I know lizard have lungs, man. Lizards get a lot bigger than 100g, so I don’t see much abiguity in my post…

          But hey, now I google it, aren’t those spiracles nifty. They need some pretty efficient packaging of surface area even down there under 100g…

  17. jtegnell says:

    I bet they could still kick  Paedophryne amanuensis’s ass.

  18. Ralf Reinecke says:

    I was in northern Madagascar last year and found loads of the tiny chameleons (in the earth at the foot of bigger rainforest trees – too bad I wasnt aware that it was an undiscovered species on my thumb… LOL


    • MrsBug says:

       ACK! Cyoot-ded

    • Probiers Malaus says:

      Ralf, to see if it’s a new species you would have a) to check his hemipenae if it’s a male and/or b) check some microsatellite DNA. ;)
      However, the photo is nice. And there are loads of potentielly undiscovered species which would need a lot (and then a lot more) of work to be described in the first place – and then, possibly, protected. Same is true for plants and a hell of other animals. Try seaching for “biopat” on the web – you could sponsor some taxonomists doing that essential work.

  19. How can it be?! How can it have a brain?


  20. suede says:

    F*^*king miniature chameleons, how do they work?!?!

  21. Foxymoron says:

    Why do I keep thinking Sea Monkeys? 

  22. Layne says:

    I love pic ‘D’ – is that supposed to be a shot of the chameleon in its natural setting? 

    “Oooh – I see it! Wait… no…”

  23. guanto says:

    I want to see the not-yet-discovered tiny, tiny insects this chameleon eats.

  24. zachstronaut says:

    Now normally anything that small crawling on me in Madagascar I would panic and flick off me immediately.  But I wouldn’t dream of hurting that cute little thing.  This poses quite the challenge for my brain.  Can I find the patience to actually pause and assess whether the creepy crawly is a cute lizard or not.

    • Probiers Malaus says:

       Hope you’re not going, then. You might the last of it’s kind.
      Literally. And, btw: there’s nearly nothing dangerous om Madagascar. Even the scorpions just sting like a bee, nothing harmful. No poisonous snakes, no dangerous animals (exept some lazy introduced crocodiles, and some tiger sharks, but currents make it near to impossible to swim and surf, anyway).

  25. Robert says:

    B: A chameleon pretending it’s a fingernail.

    C: A chameleon pretending it’s a matchhead.

    D: A chameleon pretending it’s a forest.

  26. Jeb Adams says:

    Tiny chameleon says, “Please don’t light this match.”

  27. Andrea says:

    I’ve been squeeing over these things for about two days now. SO CUTE.

  28. How do you discover something that small without stepping on it first?

  29. we_the_people324 says:

    Cute, harmless. Thats what they want you to think. In 3 million years those fuckers will be the size of dinosaurs preying on those who once mocked their comical size. Never fuck with reptiles. 

  30. jwkrk says:

    Very neat, and the recent discovery of tiny frogs makes me wonder…can birds & mammals scale down to that size?  Is it possible to have a viable bird the size of a house fly?  If not, what are the limiting factors?

  31. gwailo_joe says:

    I, for one, welcome our tiny, adorable chameleon overlords…

    We’ll need about 10 trillion…with wings.  And venom.

  32. Rose Anthony says:

    It’s amazing how many animal species are discovered each year and how many we have yet to discover. P.S. I WANT

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