Pygmy chameleons are a fascinating group of species due to their remarkably small size. This species, Rieppeleon brevicaudatus (Chamaeleonidae), endemic to Tanzania and Kenya, grows up to 7.6 cm long, and is distinctive from other species in the genus by having the soles of feet covered with sharply pointed tubercles, and a single small beardlike tuft of tubercles under the chin.
These awesomely unusual pink grasshoppers owe their blushed coloration to a congenital condition known as Eythrism (previously featured here), which causes abnormal redness in an animal’s fur, plumage or skin.
"It is called erythrism an unusual and little-understood genetic mutation caused by a recessive gene similar to that which affects albino animals. This mutation results in one of two things happening or even a combination of the two; a reduce or even absence of the normal pigment and/or the excessive production of other pigments, in this case red which results in pink morphs."
Head over to The Huffington Post for additional images and to learn more about this unusual and beautiful mutation.
The only species in its unique genus, Australia’s Myobatrachus gouldii is even more divergent than the purple frog, having adapted to a mole-like existence of tunneling underground and breaking into termite nests, poking their comically small heads into the bug’s burrows and slurping them up. Rather than reproducing in water like a majority of other Anura, turtle frogs breed in their burrows and young skip past the tadpole phase, remaining in their eggs until they’ve formed into pin-headed burrowers themselves.