Animals varies in different shapes and sizes – some small animals are in actual very small.
Some creatures are such that are not even clearly visible to the human eyesight. No one knows what is yet to discover, as some creatures are extremely minute in size. Some mites are 200μm in length, while a parasite wasp can be even small as 139μm in length.
Here are some of the smallest vertebrates that exists on the earth. In whichever way you measure these animals, regarding their height, length or weight, they are some of the really amazing little creatures.
- Pygmy Rabbit
The Pygmy Rabbit found in North America is the smallest rabbit around the globe. The adult Pygmy rabbit is 400g in weight and has and varies in length between 24cm – 29cm. However, female rabbits are slightly larger in size than male rabbits. They generally occupy areas with deep soil, and into dense and tall sagebrush, they burrow themselves, which they use to cover themselves.
- Pygmy Marmoset
Pygmy Marmoset is also known as Dwarf Monkey and is the smallest monkey in the world. It is native to Columbia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia, all the rain forest canopies. It is the smallest monkey without a tail, ranging in length from 14cm – 16cm. And at the time of birth, they are only 15kg in weight.
- Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur
Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur is the smallest primate, mostly found in Madagascar. They are 92mm in body length and around 30kg in weight. They are found in Western Madagascar in the Kirindy Mitea National Park.
- Paedophryne amauensis
Paedophryne amanuensis is the smallest frog in the world. It was discovered in the year 2009, and is yet not given a common name, so it known by its scientific name. Its average size is 7.7 mm.
- Etruscan Shrew
Etruscan Shrew is also known as white-toothed Pygmy Shrew or Etruscan Pygmy Shrew and it is in between 1.2g – 2.7g in weight, and is thus considered the smallest mammal in the world. The brain of Etruscan Shrew is largest in ration to its body weight of almost all animals, even larger than that of humans.
- Speckled Padloper Tortoise
Speckled Padloper Tortoise is the smallest turtle in the world. It is native to South Africa and it is 6 – 8cm in length. While the females are 10cm in length.
- Bee Hummingbird
The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest warm-blooded vertebrates and is the smallest bird in the world. It is 5.7cm in length and 1.8g in weight. It’s nesst size is 3cm deep and 2cm wide.
- Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat
The Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat is also known as Bumblelee Bat and they are native to Burma and Thailand. Their length measures up to 30-40mm and weighs between 1.5 – 2g. Its nose is similar to that pf a pig. They inhabit in limestone caves along rivers.
- Slender Blind Snakes
Slender Blind Snakes are also called Thread Snakes and are the world’s smallest snake. They measure in length up to 11cm. They are found in South and North Africa, Asia and America. There are almost 87 various species of theses snakes. They are adapted to feeding or burrowing of termites and ants.
Measures 7.9mm in length, Paedocypris is the smallest fish in the world. It is found in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, in the peat swamp forests and can survive in extreme drought in some parts of the place.