Madagascar

Science • Animals
'Smallest reptile on earth' discovered
Brookesia nana
Brookesia nana Credit: Frank Glaw, Jörn Köhler, Oliver Hawlitschek, Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina, Andolalao Rakotoarison, Mark D. Scherz & Miguel Vences (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

What is said to be the 'smallest reptile on earth' - that we know of - has been discovered in Madagascar. The reptile, which is a subspecies of the chameleon, is the size of a seed.

With a body size of 13.5mm, the male version of the aptly named 'micro-chameleon' (or Brookesia nana), was discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition. The size from head to toe is 22mm.

Along with the male, a female was also discovered which is considerably bigger than her mate, at 29mm.

The discovery makes the male the smallest of about 11,500 known species of reptiles, according to the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich.

Regional News • Africa
Madagascar: Celebrating the 60th anniversary of independece
Photo posted by Andry Rajoelina to Twitter
Photo posted by Andry Rajoelina to Twitter Credit: Andry Rajoelina, @SE_Rajoelina via Twitter

On 26th June 1960, Madagascar become independent from France. Today it is celebrating 60 years of independence. Celebrations are led by President Andry Rajoelina with a parade at Avenue de L'indépendance.