Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Tiny and Shiny Lizard Discovered in Asian

Researchers in Peru recently discovered a new species of bright, water-loving lizard, and in Madagascar; the world's tiniest chameleon, a creature tiny enough to perch on the head of a match.

Now, a new lizard species has been unearthed in Cambodia named Lygosoma veunsaiensis, a remarkable creature with a long, snakelike body, tiny legs and scales that shimmer with a rainbow-hued iridescence. The lizard is tiny, about 3 inches (7 centimeters) long from snout to tail, and researchers found only a single specimen.

Scientist describe the finding of the new lizard as a piece of pure luck, due to the fact that the lizard was rare and likely to be seen.

"These creatures are difficult to find because they spend so much of their life hidden underground," said Flora and Fauna International's Neang Thy, an author on a paper documenting the discovery published in the journal Zootaxa.

"Some similar species are known from only a few individuals. We were very lucky to find this one," Thy said in a statement.

 The newfound lizard glimmers in the sunlight. L. veunsaiensis is tiny and elusive. The single specimen discovered was captured, euthanized and taken to the lab for study.

In my opinion this little lizard look more like a tiny snake with beautiful shinny scales. Look pretty cool but I won't want to touch it.

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