Planet earth is home to an extremely diverse population of animal species which come in all shapes and sizes. We mostly tend to notice those species which are huge in size compared to us and we often ignore smaller species which are equally amazing. There are numerous tiny and wonderful creatures in the world and new species of these small creatures are being discovered still today.
Here are the top ten smallest animals that can be found on earth.
10. Royal Antelope
Found in west African countries like Guinea, Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, the Royal Antelope is the smallest antelope in the world. It weighs around 2.5 to 3 kg and its maximum height can be up to 25 centimeters or 10 inches. One of its prominent feature is that its hind legs are twice as long as its front legs and that its nocturnal and is mostly active at night time.
9. Bee Hummingbird
The Bee Hummingbird is found mostly in Cuba and it is the smallest living bird in the whole world. The length of the bee hummingbird is just 2 to 2.4 inches and its weight is only 1.6 to 2 grams. The males are smaller than the female hummingbirds. Due to its bright colors and small size the bee hummingbird looks a tiny floating jewel. Like all hummingbirds this species also feed mainly on nectar from flowers.
8. Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat
Also known as the bumblebee bat, the Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat is found in the limestone caves of Burma and Thailand. This species is not only the smallest bat in the world, it is also the smallest mammal in the world. The length of Kitti’s hog-nosed bat is only 1.3 inches and its total weight is just 2 grams.
7. Pygmy Marmoset
The Pygmy Marmoset is found in the rainforests of Amazon in South America and it is considered as the smallest monkey in the world. The length of this primate is 4 to six inches without the tail and 7 to nine inches with the tail and its body weight is only 100 grams. The pygmy marmoset lives in groups ranging from two to nine individuals in each group.
6. Speckled Padloper Tortoise
Known internationally as the Speckled Cape Tortoise, the Speckled Padloper Tortoise is the smallest tortoise species in the world and is found only in South Africa and Southern Namibia. The male tortoise is 2.5 to 3 inches long while the females are larger and can be up to 4 inches long and their weight can range from 90 to 165 grams.
5. Pygmy Mouse Lemur
Nocturnal in nature and extremely difficult to locate, the Pygmy mouse lemur is native to the island of Madagascar. It was rediscovered in Madagascar after more than a century and it is also sometimes called the dormouse lemur. It weighs only 55 grams and its length is just 5 inches.
4. Barbados Threadsnake
This species of blind snakes is endemic to the Caribbean island of Barbados and it is the smallest among all the known species of snakes. The maximum length of the Barbados threadsnake is 4.09 inches and is not wider than spaghetti noodles. The survival of this species is a concern as their is no original forest left in Barbados.
3. Pygmy Seahorse
The pygmy seahorses consist of different small seahorse species and are found in the Coral Triangle area of the Southeast Asia. This extremely well camouflaged species of seahorse has a length that ranges from 0.55 to 1.06 inches making them one of the smallest animals in the world.
2. Monte Iberia Eleuth
Found only in eastern Cuba the Monte Iberia Eleuth is the smallest frog in the entire Northern Hemisphere and it was first discovered on Mount Iberia in 1996. There is still not much information about this species of frog. What is knows is that its body length is just 0.39 inches.
1. Paedocypris Fish
A cyprinid fish, the Paedocypris is found in Indonesia and Malaysia and it is the smallest species of fish in the world. This species of fish is often found in the peat swamps on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. They have a transparent body and the length of a mature Paedocypris Fish is measured at 0.38 inches.