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Scientists say they have [discovered / discovery] what could be the smallest reptile in the world. It is a [sorts / kind] of chameleon and is the size of a sunflower seed. Chameleons are usually [abound / around] 35-40cm long. Scientists found two of the [tiny / tinny] lizards - a male and a female - in the mountains in northern Madagascar. They are just 22mm [length / long] from nose to tail. The length of the male's body is 13.5mm. At [firstly / first] , the scientists thought the tiny reptiles were juveniles, but later [realise / realised] they were fully-grown [adults / adult] . The scientists called the miniature creatures nano-chameleons. The scientists tried to find [more / much] of the nano-chameleons, but "despite great [effort / effect] " could not find any others.

Madagascar is [home / homing] to two-thirds of the world's chameleon species. Scientists believe they may have [origin / originated] there. However, the chameleon's survival is [threat / threatened] by deforestation on the island. One of the scientists said the nano-chamelons are [luckily / lucky] to survive. He said: "The nano-chameleon’s [habitat / habit] has unfortunately been subject to deforestation, but the area was placed [over / under] protection recently, [so / such] the species will survive." A study published by the journal "Nature Climate Change" stated that [nearly / near] all of Madagascar's eastern rainforest could disappear by 2070 [but / if] deforestation and climate change does not slow down. This would put many of the island's unique species [in / on] danger.

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