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A new species of chameleon has been discovered after a snake coughed it up in front of a startled British scientist working in Africa.
Dr Andrew Marshall was in a threatened forest in Tanzania surveying monkeys when he disturbed the twig snake and out popped the tiny lizard.
He said: 'I was out there doing conservation research when I came across this snake. It saw me and fled, and as it did so spat out a chameleon.
The creature, small enough to sit in the palm of a hand, was named today as Kinyongia magomberae by scientists writing in the African Journal of Herpetology.
Shortly after the first discovery, a second Kinyongia chameleon was found by one of Dr Marshall's colleagues about seven miles away. Unlike the first specimen, this one was very much alive.
There might be an epidemic now of hordes of scientist going around prodding snakes to make them sick I'm only half joking, too. I'e been amazed at some of the things I've found out about their antics recently.