An incredible new species of frog was recently discovered in Papua New Guinea, after zoologists spotted the tiny amphibians crawling around on the forest floor. These frogs, called Paedocypris progenetica, measure less than 10 millimeters. That’s smaller than a Skittle, or M&M if you’re the chocolate-loving type!

The zoologists practically had to get down on their hands and knees to see the frogs, almost mistaking them for jumping crickets. They have survived at such a small size by thriving on mites, and other small insects that wouldn’t sustain larger frogs.

In Papua New Guinea, Kraus and a team of local assistants would put their faces close to the ground to spot the frogs then try to catch the amphibians with their bare hands—not an easy task.

Think these unique frogs are cool? Check out this list of 2011’s Weirdest New Lifeforms from National Geographic.

Our favorite is the Cyclops Shark. What’s yours?

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