10 of the World’s Smallest Animals

Have you ever heard about the monkey that is equivalent to the size of our thumb? Here is a list of some of the world’s smallest animals.


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Smallest monkey pygmy marmoset can be seen in Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and some places of Peru. This monkey grows to a height of 11 to 15 cm and has a 17-22 cm long tail. It weighs only 120 grams; and weighs only 15 grams at the time of birth. The lifespan of these monkeys is 11 to 16 years. They usually give birth to fraternal twins.


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The Pygmy Rabbit is found in North America. It is the smallest leporid. The adult pygmy rabbit weighs about 400 grams having a body length of 24 cm to 29cm.


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Smallest dog is Chihuahua that was first observed in 1850 in Mexico. The dog took its name from the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The dog has a height of 6 to 9 inches. It weighs 2 to 12 pounds. The lifespan is 15 years.


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Kodkod is the smallest cat species in South America. It is found in Chile and Argentina. It is very rare and exclusive species. An adult Kodkod weighs about 2 kilograms with a length of 42 to 50 cm.

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Peebles is the smallest cat in the world according to the Guinness World Records. It weighs about 1 kilogram and 15 cm long. It can fit in a 200 ml glass.


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Thumbelina, the world’s smallest horse weighs 27 kilograms. The height of this dwarf horse is only 17 inches.


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Paedocypris is the smallest fish which is only 7.9 mm in length. This is also considered as the smallest vertebrate. This is found in the swamp forests of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island.


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Brazilian Gold frog is the smallest frog and is found in the Southern Hemisphere. This is also known as Izecksonh’s Toad. The adult gold frogs grow to only 9.8 mm in body length.


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Thread snake is found throughout North and South America, Africa and South-western Asia. The Thread Snake is the world’s smallest snake. It has the length of 4.25 inches. It is only found on some scattered islands in the Caribbean.


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The smallest bat, called the Philippine Bamboo bat, belongs to the Vespertilionid family. It measures 4 cm in length and weighs 1.5 grams. The wingspan of this bat is 15 cm.


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Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird. It is also known as Cuban bee as it is found mostly in Cuba. It measures 2.25 inches in length and 2 grams in weight. We cannot see its wings while flying as it flaps its wings 90 times per second. The heartbeat of this bird is 1,260 times. The size of its nest measures 0.78 inches width and 1.2 inches depth. Its eggs are smaller than coffee grounds.

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48 Responses to “10 of the World’s Smallest Animals”
  1. louie jerome Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Some nice pictures. I love the first one!

  2. Melody Arcamo Lagrimas Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Great little creatures. I especially love the smallest horse :-)

  3. Gerlaine Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 5:43 am

    It looks like all of our beautiful creatures come in miniature sizes. Even we come in mini sizes. Great article Valli!

  4. C. Jordan Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Very interesting

  5. BC Doan Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Wow, those are tiny animals..Love the monkey!

  6. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Valli, if the monkey was offered an exotic pet I think a lot of us would be rushing out to get one. lol

    Beautiful job. Thanks.

  7. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 9:40 am

    interesting animals

  8. jo oliver Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 10:25 am

    neat! i loved the monkey. that is the first snake that i am not afrais of.

  9. lanne Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    These are all great. I think I would get the tiny horse. I am afraid of horses, but I think I could deal with that one.

  10. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    awww that monkey is precious. Very cute article

  11. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I agree with Lauren. The little monkey is adorable. Then I saw the Chihuahua,Peebles the cat,the horse and the bat! They are all so sweet.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  12. neelam pandey Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    very cute pictures!!

  13. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Interesting information nd the tiny animals are the cutest.

  14. Karen N Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Very nice article and that
    little monkey is so adorable!

  15. valli Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you all for the nice feedback.

  16. MAG Villaflor Says...

    On September 30, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I like the small horse… wanna see something like that

  17. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On September 30, 2008 at 6:25 am

    This is one of the cutest articles I’ve seen recently.

  18. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On September 30, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Another good piece! Thanks and take care!

  19. valli Says...

    On September 30, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the comments MAG villaflor, Anne and Chan.

  20. Alexa Gates Says...

    On September 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    those are so cute! i love small animals

  21. Liane Schmidt Says...

    On October 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    What a great article!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  22. valli Says...

    On October 1, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for reading and commenting Alexa and Liane.

  23. Lindalulu Says...

    On October 3, 2008 at 10:47 am

    So tiny, the monkey is my fave.

  24. gopinath D Says...

    On October 4, 2008 at 6:15 am

    thanks for the nice cute,tiny animals.

  25. RJ Evans Says...

    On October 4, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Lovely and cute – most of them anyway – not sure about the snake but I love the monkey!

  26. samantha Says...

    On October 8, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo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  27. Emily James Says...

    On October 14, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    if you happen to ‘find’ one of those little marmosets, please give me first dibs!

    Emily James

  28. aleicha Says...

    On October 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    this is one of the weirdest things ive ever seen

  29. Amanda Says...

    On October 26, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I havethree month old rabbit that weighs 150gm her sisters and brother all weigh 700gm and more anyone know if it is normal?

  30. Melissa Norissona Says...

    On November 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I love the smallest horse picture!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Katie Crail Says...

    On November 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    The horse is sooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. no name Says...

    On November 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    i want the monkey

  33. mwass-kenyan Says...

    On December 11, 2008 at 12:44 am

    can i hav the monkey like now now pliz?

  34. Dj Says...

    On March 24, 2009 at 10:36 am

    MONKEY!!! !! ahhhh!!!!

  35. dakota Says...

    On June 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    i have seen the smallest horse before at a fair i went to she is so tiny and sooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. no name Says...

    On August 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    so awesome!!! they’re just soooo cute but idk about the snake.
    small but i hat ‘em. sry

  37. kara Says...

    On August 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    i think the monkie is the smallest and cuetest

  38. vannessa Says...

    On October 12, 2009 at 8:25 am

    i think the dog is CUTEST!

  39. daniel d. pahit Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 8:38 am

    the monkey is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo very small

  40. Gi Says...

    On May 1, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I really like the dog, monkey and horse! Adorable article

  41. jimo Says...

    On September 23, 2010 at 12:59 am


  42. Allison Says...

    On October 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Aw. They are all so very cute,
    Butt my favorite is the monkey of course. That seems to be the most popular(: I also love the horse and dog.
    Thanks for the pics, their amazing^^

  43. alvinwriter Says...

    On April 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Small animals are a big surprise!

  44. ashu Says...

    On April 15, 2011 at 6:48 am

    waooooooooooooooooooo i am amez

  45. Skout Says...

    On May 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    great article and interesting facts! thanks for sharing!

  46. Someone tall... lol Says...

    On July 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    AWWWWW! The Monkey is SOOO cute! :)

  47. rayn shamblin Says...

    On February 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I like all of them but not the snake the monkey was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute

  48. Camelia Says...

    On August 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    i am sooooo in love with the monkey, please can any one help me, i from south africa, is it possible for me to have a thumb monkey in south africa? and how do i get one?

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