Amazing Animal World: 10 Smallest Animals in the World6 min read

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Smallest Animals in the World – The world is full of things which are more than you can see and more than you can imagine. Here, we get the smallest or tiniest creatures of the earth that are hardly visible and took the strong sense to discover them. The amazing secrets of the animal world are discovered here in the top 10 list of smallest animals in the world.

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Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella Pygmaea)


With a length of merely 6 inches (15 cm), Pygmy Marmoset names itself as the smallest animal in the world. It is also known as “Dwarf Monkeys”. This smallest monkey breed is found in the Amazon rain forests of Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It weighs only 4 oz. to 5oz. (110 g to 140 g). These creatures have sharp teeth and claws and feed insects and tree sap.

Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur (Microcebus Berthae)


With an average length of 92mm (3.6 in), this cutest animal is the smallest primate in the world. It is native to Kirindy Mitea National park in western Madagascar. These primates weigh around 30gm (1oz). They are nocturnal species and adaptive to the habitat of deciduous forests.

These animals used to sleep on the tangles of tree vines or hole-like structure. They have an omnivore’s diet that includes fruits, flowers, gum, arthropods and small vertebrates. Unlike other lemurs, these tiny ones don’t hibernate during the cold season.

Kitti’s Hog- Nosed Bat (Craseonycteris Thonglongyai)


As the strange name, this creature has a strange feature and size. It is also known as Bumblebee Bat. It has the same size as bumblebee and snout like a pig. Its length varies from 30-40mm (1.1-1.6 in). It weighs 1.5 to 2g (0.05-0.07oz). This hog-nosed bat is usually found in the areas of Thailand and Burma. It lives in the group of 100 in a single cave and mostly inhabits the limestone caves along the rivers.

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Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga Helenae)


It is the smallest of smallest species of the hummingbird with a length of 5.7cm (2.2 in). It has the weight of 1.8g (0.06oz). Bee Hummingbird or Zunzuncito is also the smallest warm-blooded vertebrate living in the world. It feeds on the nectar of flowers.

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The size of their nest generally has width and depth of only 2cm and 3cm respectively. This tiny being is found in dense forests and woodland edges of the main island of Cuba and Isla de la Juventud (part of Cuba).

Philippine Tarsiers (Tarsius Syrichta)


This tiny and endangered species are the member of 45 million-year-old family of Tarsiidae. The name Tarsiidae is derived from the word “tarsus” which means ankle bone. These species are found in the Philippines. Its length is no more than an adult man’s hand. It feeds on insects and is mostly active in the night time.

Paedocypris (Paedocypris Progenetica)


Paedocypris is the smallest species of fish and also considered as the smallest vertebrate. It is 7.9 mm long. This carp family fish has the appearance of larvae with transparent body type and doesn’t have bony skull around its brain. These are generally found in the peat swamp forests of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island and can live in waters with very high acidic nature (pH3). They can survive even in the drought areas due to their small size.

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Slender Blind Snakes (Leptotyphlopidae)


Snakes, the most feared name comes in the list with the smallest one. Slender Blind Snakes are the world’s smallest snakes with the length of just about 11cm (4.3inches). These are also known as “Thread Snakes”. They are natives of North and South America, Africa and Asia. In the first look, you will say this is one is the weirdest animal on the planet plus this is a rainforest animal too.

These smallest snakes eat ants and termites. They make tiny burrows to live in. The smallest of thread snakes is found in Caribbean Islands of Barbados and is known as “Barbados Thread Snake” or “Spaghetti Snake” with a length of hardly 4 inches.

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Etruscan Shrew (Suncus Etruscus)


Etruscan Shrew is the smallest mammal in the world with the length of 36 to 53mm (1.4”-2”). The head of this creature holds larger ratio than her base of the tail. The ratio of its head to tail is comparatively more than the humans. It weighs only 1.2 to 2.7gm (0.04-0.1oz).

This animal found in the areas of Eurasia and Africa. It feeds on worms and requires a lot of worms due to the fast heartbeat. The heart beating rate of Etruscan is up to 1511beats/min (25 beats/sec).

Speckled Padloper Tortoise (Homopus Signatus)

The long live symbol rings of tortoise are amazing and the most amazing ones are the real ones with length hardly more than a finger ring. Speckled Padloper is the world’s smallest tortoise which is 6—8 cm (2.4-3.1 in) long. The female Padloper measures up to only 10 cm (4 in).

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It is also known as Speckled Cape Tortoise. It weighs 5 ounces and feeds on tiny succulent plants that grow between rocks. They are mostly found in the arid, dry and desert habitat of West South Africa. This is the most endangered species and is highly protected from pet trade and big animal threats. The interesting thing about them is that their mating courtship involves nodding of the head from both male and female side.

Paedophryne Amauensis (Paedophryne Amauensis)


It is one of the smallest animals in the world and species of frog. It is a species of frog with the length of 7.7 mm (0.30 in). This smallest species was discovered recently in 2009 from Papua New Guinea. It doesn’t have any common name and the most interesting fact about the Frog is its life cycle.

The life cycle of tinniest one doesn’t involve a tadpole stage and hatch as “hoppers” miniatures of the adults. These frogs may look smallest but comprise the ability to jump thirty times their body length. It feeds on small invertebrates and usually active during twilight.

These top ten list of smallest animals in the world are few of thousand amazing things of nature that make us believe how wonderful and amazing the Mother Earth is. Most of these tiny creatures are on the verge of extinction and danger of pet trade if they are not saved yet then when. You can get amazed more about nature with more of our articles. So, read more explore more about the smallest animals in the world!

List of Smallest Animals in the World

  1. Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella Pygmaea)
  2. Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur (Microcebus Berthae)
  3. Kitti’s Hog- Nosed Bat (Craseonycteris Thonglongyai)
  4. Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga Helenae)
  5. Philippine Tarsiers (Tarsius Syrichta)
  6. Paedocypris (Paedocypris Progenetica)
  7. Slender Blind Snakes (Leptotyphlopidae)
  8. Etruscan Shrew (Suncus Etruscus)
  9. Speckled Padloper Tortoise (Homopus Signatus)
  10. Paedophryne Amauensis (Paedophryne Amauensis)

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