Top 10 Smallest Animals in the World

Nature has given full beauty to our planet by creating different types of species. And human’s efforts made an infinite frame to discover them. Apart from new discoveries and preservation of the old ones, scientists categorized different animals according to their size that can amaze the readers mind. Transformation in the size of fauna may be some time caused by the chemical reaction. While surfing internet I found interesting facts and prepared a list of astonishingly smallest animals of the world in descending order which I love to share with the nature lovers.

10. The Thumbelina Horse

Thumbelina is the smallest horse in world according to Guinness Book of Records. In fact, Miniature horses were originated in Europe almost four centuries ago in 1650 for European royal families, especially for King Louis XIV. Small Thumbelina in above picture was born on 1st may 2001. It is about 17.5 inches in height and its weight is 57 pound and is registered as a smallest horse in the world. In spite of her small size; Thumbelina holds an enormous fan club all over the world.

9. Pygmy Rabbit

The pygmy rabbit is the smallest rabbit of the world. Found in North America, it belongs to Leporidae family. It is one of the only two rabbits who dig their own burrows. One of its form, found in Colombia are declared as protected species by conservation organization. These rabbits are normally 23 to 29.5 inches in length and 375 to 500 grams in weight.  The smallest one is known as Colombia basin pygmy rabbit adopted by Oregon zoo in Portland. Their distinct features are short ears, gray color, small back legs and missing of white fur on tails.

8. Peebles the Cat

Peebles is one of the smallest cat in the world according to the Guinness book of world records. He enjoys family member status in house of Dr. Donnna Sassman at Pekin. The miniature cat’s height is 6.1 inches and he is 15cm long. He takes food four times in a day to survive and has even maintained its 1 kilogram weight with such timings of meal. He is incredibly small and cutest cat of the world.

7. Pygmy Marmoset Monkey


Pygmy marmoset monkey stands on seven number in our list of smallest animals. They may be called dwarf monkeys. Their native land is South America and they are usually found living at the edge of river side forests but may be found in secondary forests. They are extremely small in size and their body length is 14 to 16 centimeter excluding the length of 15 to 20 centimeter long tail and in weight male differs from female. As males have weight of 140 grams while female have 120 grams. They love to live in groups in equal number of males and females. These monkeys like trees gums as their food. Although they are small in size but they can jump up to 16 feet. This is i guess one interesting feature of this tiny creature in spite the fact that they can not climb on trees. Pygmy’s average age is 11 to 12 years in wild while they can survive up to 20 years in zoo.

6. Boo-Boo Dog

Boo boo dog seize the rank of the world’s smallest dog and belongs to Chihuahua family. He got tough competition from Milly to obtain this status and placed as world’s smallest dog in Guinness book of world records in 2011. This boo boo is only 4 inches. In fact, Chihuahua and other miniature dogs are known as the toy dogs because of their tiny bodies. Mr boo boo does not like the normal dog food and eat turkey with peas as meal.

5. Barbados Thread Snake

Barbados thread snake is the only smallest species from the snake family to be alive today. These are found on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Barbados was first described by a biologist named Sir Blair hedges from Pennsylvania state university in 2008. The newly discovered specie was named Leptotyphlops carlae, the name of his wife who was team member in the same research. Its average length is 4 inches and look like a worm. These snakes are as small as a spaghetti. Termite and ant larvae are their normal diet. Female snake produce only one large egg and newly born is half the size of its mother.

4. Bee Hummingbird

Bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. It is so small that sometimes it is taken as a flying insect in mistake. It is endemic to Cuba. Regardless of its size, bee hummingbird can beat their wings with an estimated 80 times per second. This is the true beauty of nature.

3. Bamboo Bats

The Lesser Bamboo Bat is the size of a bumble bee and is among the smallest mammals on earth. It measures about 40 mm in length with a wingspan of 150 mm, weighing just about 1.5 grams.

2. Brazilian Gold Frog

Also known as Izecksohn’s toad, this frog species is so small. Measuring only 9.6–9.8 mm (0.38–0.39 in) in body length, they have a beautiful golden color for which they are named.

1. Paedocypris Fish

These fish are considered as the smallest fish in the world. They live in highly acidic blackwater peat swamps in Southeast Asia in Malaysia and Indonesia. The smallest mature individual measured just 7.9 mm.


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