May 082012

Penguin here.

Why would I be posting a picture of an animal with a father, as opposed to a mother, in honour of Mother’s Day? Mainly because I didn’t learn until just now that the three-horned chameleon only has three horns when it is a male (like the one in the picture), but also because it was too cute to resist! Still, fathers shouldn’t be forgotten on Mother’s day either, so this post will be a reminder to give your dad some hugs and kisses even though it may be your mom’s special day.
This baby Jackson’s chameleon, also known as the three-horned chameleon, was one of 22 successfully bred for the first time in the Taronga Zoo. Aren’t chameleons awesome? I love their tails. An interesting fact to note is that most chameleons lay eggs, but the Jackson’s chameleon actually gives birth to live young, according to Wikipedia’s Jackson’s Chameleon article.

Baby Jackson's Chameleon with Father

Someone has quite a bit of growing up to do!

Found here: Sydney Morning Herald, 8/10/2006 Photo: Rick Stevens/SMH

Feb 192012

Penguin here.

This little lizard is adorable for so many reasons. First of all, he’s a chameleon, and chameleons are always cute; secondly, he’s a goof; and thirdly, he’s potentially the world’s smallest lizard! According to CBCnews’ article (which includes other images of small animals), this chameleon, called the Brookesia micra, reaches a full-grown length of less than 30mm and is native to the islet of Nosy Hara in Madagascar. Clearly this little reptile buddy belongs here on ACAD, because he’s unbelievably cute.

Miniature Chameleon Brookesia Micra

Adorable Mini Chameleon!

Found here: CBC news

Aug 052011

Penguin here.

You might be familiar with the fact that the komodo dragon is the largest living lizard on the planet. In fact, according to National Geographic’s article on the subject, the Komodo dragon averages 10 feet in length (3 meters) and 300 pounds (136 kg). Another important thing to note is that the Komodo dragon has very toxic saliva and therefore a very dangerous bite. Finally, any animal with the word “dragon” in their name must be cool (and likely fierce) by default.
Now, in spite of all these facts, which make the komodo dragon seem rather intimidating, one can’t help but find that this komodo dragon baby is absolutely adorable. Not only is the baby lizard cute because he is tiny, but I also love the really cool pattern he has on his skin.

Baby Komodo Dragon

One day I'll grow up to be very very big!

Found here: Science Blogs