Tiny arrivals are simply huge for zoo
THIS amazing photo shows one of Chester Zoo’s three new baby Cameroonian chameleons - and they’re small enough to fit on a fingernail.
The colourful trio, about 5cm long, hatched from mother Ruby in August.
As their name suggests, the Cameroon two-horned mountain chameleon lives at altitude in the West African nation of Cameroon, though these triplets are Chester born and bred.
The small scale reptiles, which tend to be a bright green colour with yellow and red spots, turn blue when they are trying to attract a mate.
Known by their Latin name trioceros montium, they have an array of special attributes making them especially interesting to conservationists.
They are also known as the Cameroon sailfin and males can grow to about 25cm in length, with females smaller at 20cm.
This is only the first time this species has been successfully bred at Chester Zoo.
The species is listed as ‘near threatened with extinction’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
In the wild, the radiant creatures fall victim to the international pet trade and are sold off as cute accessories around the globe.