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Rare mini-chameleons born at Chester Zoo

Three of the baby chameleons have been born at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

Three colourful chameleons, so tiny they each fit on the end of a finger, have hatched at Chester Zoo.

It’s the first time the zoo’s reptile experts have successfully bred the species, known as Cameroon two-horned mountain chameleons.

The first in a clutch of three eggs, laid by mum Ruby, hatched in late August with two more following soon after.

The babies are so tiny they fit on the end of a finger Credit: Chester Zoo

As their name suggests, the Cameroon two-horned mountain chameleon is found living at altitude in the West African nation of Cameroon. Adam Bland, Lead Herpetology Keeper at the zoo said “It’s the first time we’ve ever bred the species here at Chester and the team are thrilled.”

Their species is threatened in the wild due to loss of habitat Credit: Chester Zoo

Their species is listed as near threatened with extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature because of loss of natural habitat and international pet trading.