Lizard lost and found
In Madagascar, scientists have rediscovered a rare lizard, long thought extinct. Scientists had last spotted the Voeltzkow’s chameleon in 1913. Little is known about the colorful critter that makes its home in the northwestern Madagascan rain forest. After hatching, the animal’s short adult life spans just a few months of a rainy season, which makes the lizard’s natural habitat hard for humans to reach. Researchers from Germany actually rediscovered the animal in 2018 but waited to announce their findings until publishing in Salamandra, the German journal of herpetology, on Oct. 30.