The Smallest Animals Around The World

If we are talking about size, then big is beautiful, size does matter. So does for the animal, the blue whale is already recognized as the world’s largest mammal. There are no other animals can compared the majestic size of blue whale. Now, enough with those big things, what if we talked about the world’s smallest animals?Any idea about the example of the tiniest animals ? If you have no idea about it, this article will help you to know the examples of the world’s smallest animals. Are you ready to measure them all?

1. Speckled Padloper Tortoise

Speckled Padloper Tortoise

Woodland Park Zoo

The Speckled Padloper Tortoise or Homopus signatus is a South African species of turtle. This turtle is only thumb-size. The females are bigger than the males, the females body measure is 10 cm then the males is only 7 cm.

2. Hummingbird


This beautiful bird is already popular as the smallest species of bird. Commonly discovered in Cuba which they called Cuban bee from there. Their body measures are 1.5 gram in weight and 5.5 cm in length. The most amazing features from this bird are comes from their heartbeat, it beats 1.250 times which is unnatural. Their wings are also moves so fast (90 seconds) and you need a special camera just to see their wing flaps in a slow-motion mode. The Bee Hummingbird can consume more than their body size, they also need to drink more often on daily basis. Their eggs are also small, it’s reported as it smaller than a coffee bean.

3. Etuscan Shrew

Etuscan Shrew


This body weight of Pygmy Shrew is a little bit longer than the bird that we already discussed on the previous section, The Hummingbird Bee. They are inhabiting the Southern Europe and Southern Asia brush and forest environment. Although they are a forager mammal, they couldn’t resist the insects which is their favorite meal. However, they have a short lifespan, it’s only 15 months. But, they have the largest brain ratio compared to their body weight. Their brain ratio is the largest among of all animals.

4. Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat

Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat

Burma, or Thailand is the original habitat of this world’s smallest bat. Craseonycteris thonglongnyai or The Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat lives in a huge colony near the river. They comes in a huge number of colony which are reported as nearly a hundred bats per caves. They are nocturnal animal that hunt in the night looking for insect, their favorite prey. Usually the females are gave birth only one offspring each time. This bat is at risk of extinction due to deforestation and destroyed habitat by human.

5. Slender Blind Snakes

Slender Blind Snake

These snakes are considered as the smallest snake family (Leptotyphlopidae) from their size which is only 11 cm in length. Like spiders, they absorb their victim’s body fluid and left their skins. The Slender Blind Snakes can be discovered in Asia, Africa South and North America. They are already adapted very well beneath the dirt looking for their favorite prey consist of pupae, larvae, ants and termites.

6. Gold Frog

Golden Frog

The Gold Brazilian Frog (Brachychepalus didactylus) or also know as Izecksohn’s toad is the famous type of the smallest frog in the Southern part of hemisphere compared with other species. They have astonishing golden skin in color.In 1996, the smallest frog in the northern part of hemisphere has recently discovered in Monte Iberia. Although this frog are small, but still, they are vulnerable from deforestation caused by human.

7. Paedocypris


This small vertebratae is discovered in the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Male paedocypris body length is measured only 7.9 mm while the female paedocypris only 10.3 mm. The special aspect from this fish is, they are strong enough to survive in a drought area and low pH water situation. Unfortunately, water pollution is the serious threat for this lovely fish.

8. Pygmy Rabbit

Pygmy Rabbit

This cute rabbit can be discovered in North America. The deep soils with dense sagebrush is their natural habitat. The pygmy rabbit weighed less than a half pounds, but the females are a little bit larger compared with the males. Nuts, grass and berries are their favorite foods. Although they are small, but the pygmy rabbit can run pretty fast in order to fleeing from the predators.

9. Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur

Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur

This primate is called as  Microcebus berthae or the Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur.It’s considered as the recent species found in 2000. It has a reddish brown in fur and pale grey on their lower body. This lemur can be discovered in Madagascar as their natural habitat. This lemur has several unique features such as body agility and night vision which is aid them to hunt in the night.

10. Pygmy Marmoset

Pigmy Marmoset

The Dwarf Monkey or Pygmy Marmoset is noted as the earth’s tiniest monkey ever. The male marmoset is bigger than the female. They have a quite long lifespan, they can live up to 16 years. The Pygmy marmoset lives in a group of colony consist of two-nine individuals and they use various signals such as visual, vocal and chemical to communicate each other. The females often give a birth for twins offspring which makes this primate is unique.

11. Royal Antelope

Royal Antelop


Their calves are reported small enough to fit in our hands. The royal antelope or neotragus pygmaeus is considered as the West African antelope. The dense forest of West Africa is their natural habitat and they grass, nut and berries. This nocturnal animals are shy but they can suddenly leap up to 2.5 metres when they are threatened. Their body measures are only 25-30 cm and weighing only 3.2-3.6 kg therefore, the royal antelope is considered as the smallest type of all antelopes.

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