Leaf chameleons of the Brookesia genus are renowned for their tiny size (4), and Brookesia confidens is no exception. First discovered in 2007, and formally described in 2012, this species was one of four tiny leaf chameleons to be newly discovered in northern Madagascar (1).
Although some variation in Brookesia confidens has been described, this species is generally light grey or pale beige on the head, back and tail, and brown on the sides. The limbs are almost entirely dark brown, and along the back pointed tubercles form a complete line. Brookesia species are characterised by a short, non-prehensile tail (1).
Under stress, Brookesia confidens is able to rapidly change colour, revealing a pale stripe down the centre of its back which is conspicuous against its darker sides. Some individuals are known to display dark brown spots on the flanks, a pattern also believed to be related to stress (1).
- Male total length: 29.2 - 34.2 mm (1)
- Female total length: 32.5 - 36.2 mm (1)
- Male snout-vent length: 18.3 - 20.1 mm (1)
- Female snout-vent length: 20.6 - 22.6 mm (1)