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World's Smallest Animals

Thursday, Aug 27, 2020, 10:30 am

1.Monte Iberia Eleuth

The smallest known frog is the Monte Iberia Eleuth, found in Cuba. A distant relative to the poison dart frogs, these tiny little things are no bigger an an insect. they can sit on the fingernail or tip of your pinky finger, and disappear in your palm. Black with distinct yellow stripes up the top sides, they are adorable.

2.Pygmy Mouse Lemur

The Pygmy Mouse Lemur is just too cute for words. The smallest of the Lemur species, it only reaches five inches long in adulthood, and weights a mere two ounces. Found in Madagascar in 1993, these nocturnal creatures prefer to live in the deciduous forests. Just look at those piercing eyes.

3.Paedophryne Amauensis Frog

The Paedophryne Amauensis Frog was found in August of 2009 in Papua, New Guinea. Living on rainforest leaf litter, they are the smallest vertebrate in the world. So small they only take up about a quarter of a dime and can sit comfortably on the tip of your pinky finger.

4.Dwarf Gecko

We've all seen the Geico commercial with the cartoon gecko walking and talking. Well even that gecko is bigger than the Dwarf Gecko from the Virgin Islands. The smallest of all lizards and the second smallest of all terrestrial vertebrates, they can fit on one finger, or perch on a dime.

5.Bee Hummingbird

The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest of Hummingbirds and measure only 2.5 inches long full grown. Weighing only about as much as a dime, they lay the smallest eggs in the world. These little birds can flap their wings over one hundred times a minute, and hover in one spot, even landing on the tip of an eraser on a pencil.

6.Pygmy Marmoset Monkey

These little creatures don't need a tree to climb, they can just climb your finger. The Pygmy Marmoset Monkey is only about six inches full grown, and that excludes their tail. Often called Pocket Monkeys, they are more like finger toys, and would probably get lost in a large pocket.

7.Hog Nosed Bat

The Hog Nosed Bat reaches only an inch long when full grown, and has a wingspan of just five inches. Weighing about the same as a quarter, these little winged creatures are the smallest known mammal, competing only with the Etruscan Shrew in skull size. They are also called the Bumblee Bat.


8.Pygmy Seahorse

The Pygmy Seahorse was originally found in Indonesia, but has also been found in Malaysia, Palau, Norther Australia, southern Japan, the Solomon Island and New Caledonia. About the size of a human finger nail, these colorful little creatures hide in coral reefs below the sea. They are so small, they are able to stay hidden from large predators pretty easily.

9.Speckled Padloper Tortoise

Growing to only about four inches and weighing a maximum of five ounces, the Speckled Padloper Tortoise can fit on your finger. Their environment of choice is dry deserts and their diet consists of leafy greens. These little creatures are a high treat for the pet trade market. So cute, but so delicate.


10.Estruscan Shrew

Considered the smallest mammal, the Etruscan Shrew is found in Eurasia and Africa. With a skull comparable to that of a bumble bee, these tiny little creatures have a fast heart beat of up to 1511 beats per minute, making it necessary to eat a lot to sustain them and stay alive.


Who can resist that face? The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the word with some reaching only four inches tall. These dogs gained popularity when Paris Hilton notoriously carried one around in her purse on the red carpet. The smallest living dog in the world is a Chihuahua named Boo Boo, according to the Guinness Book of Records.


12.Royal Antelope

The Royal Antelope is really an antelope, but a very, very, very small antelope. It's maximum size is only nine or ten inches tall, weighing at most between nine and ten pounds. Found in the dense undergrowth of the forests in West Africa, these little cuties are shy and live a nocturnal life.


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