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A team of German and Madagascar researchers have confirmed their find of the world’s smallest reptile in Madagascar, with the male version of the chameleon appearing to be just 13.5-millimeters-long (0.53 inches). The creature, named Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, is small enough to fit comfortably on a human fingertip.

Frank Glaw, a German herpetologist at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich, said the chameleon was discovered in the mountains of northern Madagascar during a 2012 expedition. They discovered a tiny male and a slightly larger female, and did not realize the reptiles were adults until much later.

“You have to really get down on your knees to find them,” Glaw told AP on Friday. “They are obviously camouflaged and move very slowly.”

Glaw discovered that the female had eggs in her body and the male had extremely large genitals, meaning that the chameleons were adults. He said it is unclear why the chameleons are so small.

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