This post is about tiny small animals, which I know most of us associate with: cuteness, fuzzy, rainbows and the uncontrollable desire to pick them up from the ground and cuddle them till they turn purple. But what if an animal only grows to be a few mm in length?
To me there is something extremely horrifying about that concept. Tiny bugs that size are creepy enough as it is – but it’s extra unsettling when it’s an actual animal with a tiny skeleton and all… Just imagine if you were cleaning the basement and found a horse the size of a pea staring at you… You might think that sounds cooler than a pile of penguin poo, but I’m willing to bet you’d be screaming like a hysterical banshee, the moment it crawled up your leg.
Scary or ridiculously cute? You decide, with this list of the smallest animals you will find in nature – or on the bottom of your shoe if you’re not carefull…
The Bumblebee Bat, World’s smallest bat
This tiny creature is not only the smallest bat, but also the smallest mammal in the world. These miniature bloodsuckers are about the same size as a bumblebee (around 1,1 inch in length), hence the common name “Bumblebee Bat”. The habitat of these small animals are the areas in Sai Yok National Park in western Thailand. Since it was first discovered in 1974 this tiny mammal has been disturbed by tourists wanting to see the world’s smallest mammal and no doubt stash some in their underpants before going back through customs.
The World’s Smallest Snake
Snakes are clearly evil and anyone who doesn’t freak out at the sight of one must have some serious problems with their mental wiring. I’m not alone in that opinion. For one, the person who wrote Genesis agrees with me and some people think his name is God. It’s no coincidence that Adam and Eve were tricked into eating the forbidden fruit by a snake rather than a kitten. However, even I have to admit that this “Leptotyphlops carlae” snake does look kinda cute…
The “Leptotyphlops carlae” is the world’s smallest known snake, averaging just 10cm (4 inches) and as thin as a spaghetti noodle. This miniature horror has been discovered on the Caribbean island of Barbados by Dr Blair Hedges, a biologist from Penn State University, US. The snake, is thought to be at the very limit of how tiny a snake can evolve to be. Unexpectedly, there isn’t anything horrifying I can reveal about these slithering micro creatures. Their bite won’t make the heads of 20 elephants explode like regular snakes, and they actually feed on the larvae of termites… not hapless archaeologists. (source)——————————————————————
The Pygmy Jerboa, the world smallest rodent
This dwarfed rodent can only be found in the hot deserts of Pakistan and Afghanistan and is known to be the smallest rodent on the planet, measuring only 5 cm long on average. These tiny animals have extremely long legs which allow them to jump over 10 ft (3 meters). How impressive that may be, we still think it looks like a hamster that swapped legs with a bird and got cheated out of a butt.
As you can see in the video below – these funky rodents move around by hopping on their hind legs like a Kangaroo hit by a shrink-ray. Apparently in all the world’s major desert regions you will find animals that mainly use hopping as a means of transport as it’s a very energy-efficient way of avoiding predators, which comes in handy when 99% of the animal kingdom is capable of swallowing you whole.——————————————————————
Brookesia Micra, the tiniest chameleon
When I first saw this picture I swore it was a Photoshop or a giant matchstick discovered at a Big Foot sighting. Turns out I was wrong… This micro-reptile was discovered by German critter-hunters in Madagascar while picking through leaf litter. The chameleon measures just 29mm (1.1 inches) from its nose to the tail, placing it on top among mini reptiles. Man, those researchers must have hawk-eye vision to spot a camouflaged animal of just 1 inch in a pile of leaves! (source)
The Bee Humming Bird – World’s smallest bird
Here we have another tiny flying animal that has “Bee” in its name and is at risk of ending up on the bad side of a flyswapper. This is the Bee Humming Bird and is known to be the world’s smallest bird. They grow to be around 5.5 cm long and weigh around 1.6 to 1.8 g. But the largest among Humming birds is the Giant Humming bird, which measures a “colossal” 23 cm in length and 18-20 g in weight. The male bird is a bit smaller than the female and it also lays the smallest egg among all the birds which is even smaller than a coffee bean.
World’s Smallest Frog
With a body length of just 7.7 millimeters, the Paedophryne Amauensis was recently crowned as the smallest known animal with a backbone. It’s also the only frog that could potentially end up getting eaten by a house-fly instead of the other way around. These tiny amphibians were discovered in 2010 in the New Guinea’s forest floor. Locating and capturing one was quite a feat as they are so tiny that they’re almost impossible to spot with the naked eye. After 4 failed attempts, researchers said “screw this high-tech sound locating equipment”, and just grabbed a big handful of leaf litter and stuffed it in a plastic bag. They then combed through the contents untill they eventually saw this tiny fellow hop of one of the leaves.
Ok now that we have covered the pea sized creatures, it time for something cuter, more huggable and that can actually be seen with the naked eye, making them way better pets. So keep reading for more miniature versions of real-life animals which you probably didn’t know existed!