The Smallest Animals in the World

Fennec Fox is the smallest of all the fox.
Fennec Fox is the smallest of all the fox. | Source

There is something neat about the largest and the smallest of God's creatures. Even Hollywood's elite enjoy carrying around the diminutive Chihuahuas as a symbol of their status. Whether it's because they look like a baby version of there larger ancestor or because they are so odd, small creatures often attract attention from people.

Pygmy Marmoset

Pygmy Marmoset, the smallest monkey weighs only 4-5 ounces.
Pygmy Marmoset, the smallest monkey weighs only 4-5 ounces. | Source

The Smallest Monkey

The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates alive today. Excluding its tail, it measures between 14 and 16 centimeters long and weigh between 4 and 5 ounces. The males weigh at the higher range of this, whereas females weigh at the lower end of this range.They live up to 11 years old and usually eat small insects, leaves, and fruit, but their favorite is sap from trees. In fact will spend long periods of time trying to tap the sap out of a tree.

Their communicate with one another through a few means. The more obvious means is by using different high pitched tones that range from chirping to shrill whistling and even screeching.They also communicate to one another through their scent.

Another unusual habit they have is defecating and urinating on their paws in order to have a better grip when they climb.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua, the most diminuitive of dogs, has become a fashion statement for many social elites.
Chihuahua, the most diminuitive of dogs, has become a fashion statement for many social elites. | Source

Smallest Dog Breed

The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed. They are named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico since that is where the first Chihuahua was found. They are very nervous animals that tend to be fiercely loyal to one specific owner. They also tend to really like other Chihuahuas, and can be aggressive to other breeds.

The height of a Chihuhua varies proportionately more than any other breed out there. The standard weight range is from 3 to 7 pounds, but smaller Chihuahua's do exist. In fact, British believe the preferred weight of this kind of breed is between two and four pounds. Some Chihuahuas do weigh as much as 10 pounds or more, but they are generally considered overweight for their breed.

Damara Dik Dik

The Damara Dik Dik is the tiniest of all antelopes, named for the sound they make.
The Damara Dik Dik is the tiniest of all antelopes, named for the sound they make. | Source

An Adorable Small Antelope

This is a small antelope animal that is named after the "dik dik" or "zik zik" noise that they make. They are about 12-16 inches tall and 20-28 inches long. They usually live in East Africa, Nambia, and Angola, although hunters feel that they are a nuisance, because they often scare away larger game animals. Many have been killed, just because of the distraction that they cause.

The females are generally larger than the males and the males also have horns that point backwards. This one to the right appears to be a female. They are herbivores and primarily eat fruits, shoots, foliage, and berries. They have four stomachs, and much like cows they will chew the cud, in other words they will regurgitate the food, swallow it again.

Gardiner's frog is Smaller Than This

This frog is not a Gardiner's frog, this frog is just slightly bigger than a full grown Gardiner's frog.
This frog is not a Gardiner's frog, this frog is just slightly bigger than a full grown Gardiner's frog. | Source

One of the Tiniest Frogs In the World

These frogs never grow bigger than the size of a dime at 11 mm. When they first hatch they are only 3 mm in length which is a third the size of a dime. Most adult males are only 8 mm long. The frog is beat out as the smallest by Brazilian Gold Frog and Monte Iberia Eleuth. They generally eat small insects like mites or ants.

Hog-nosed Bat

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Smallest Mammal

The Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat also known as the bumblebee bat is not only the smallest bat ever but also the smallest mammal in the entire animal kingdom. They can be found in Thailand. When it is full-grown it weighs less than a penny and less than 33-40 mm in length. They make homes in hot limestone caves in Thailand, because staying warm is not an easy task due to their diminutive state.

They feed on insects and tree leaves such as bamboo and teak trees. They are currently one of the most endangered species in the world at this time due to their habitats being destroyed. They are named hog-nosed bats for obvious reasons. Their nose is pig-like. They also have very pronounced swollen ears and have no tail.

Another great article on the Kitti's Hog-Nosed Bat

Compsognathus

Dinosaurs come in all different sizes, this one comes in a very sall stature.
Dinosaurs come in all different sizes, this one comes in a very sall stature. | Source

Smallest Known Dinosaur

According to an article printed in 2001, the Compsognathus was the smallest dinosaur. The same article stated that prior to this finding, scientists believed there was an even smaller dinosaur, but after further research discovered that the bones were actually from a baby of a much larger dinosaur. So these findings are subject to change, if they have not already. Although since dinosaurs are extinct, we may find fossils to an even more diminuitive dinosaur.

It is believed to be about 6.5 pounds and slightly larger than a chicken.There have been numerous different beliefs of what the outside looked like, from almost bird-like as well as a creature that is more lizard-like. The depiction you see to the right, happens to be somewhere in the middle.

Sun Bear

Sun Bear's though not diminuitive, are the smallest of all bears.
Sun Bear's though not diminuitive, are the smallest of all bears. | Source

Smallest Bear

The Sun Bear or a honey bear is the smallest bear in the bear family at 4 feet or 1.2 meters tall. Males tend to be larger than their female counterparts. Unlike many of its family members the sun bear does not hibernate and can be found in the rain forests in Southeast Asia. Contrary to its name, the sun bear is nocturnal and spends most of its time within the woods.

There love of hiding in the trees causes destruction of personal property which causes some men to hunt these animals due to feelings of them being a nuisance. They are not yet considered endangered, but there population is on a decline. Unlike any other bear, its temperament and its size make it somewhat desirable as a pet.

Thumbelina

Thumbelina the smallest horse.
Thumbelina the smallest horse. | Source

Current Smallest Horse (2010)

As of 2010, the current record held for the smallest horse that ever lived is held by Thumbelina a miniature horse that is affected by Dwarfism. As a fully mature horse she stands 17 inches or 43 centimeters tall. She weighs 60 pounds or 27 kg.

The oldest horse was also held by a horse that was affected by Dwarfism. It was a horse named Angel that lived over 50 years old. Also, some people have trained horses that were affected by Dwarfism as leaders for the blind. There is a controversy whether this is a good decision or not.

Fennec Fox

Fennec actually means fox, so the fennec fox literally means the fox fox.
Fennec actually means fox, so the fennec fox literally means the fox fox. | Source

Smallest Fox

The fennec fox has earned the status of being the smallest fox with its 1.5-3.5 pounds. It is between 9-16 inches tall or 24-40 cm. Proportionately, their ears are large for their small little body, measuring at 3.9-5.9 inches or 10–15 cm. Unlike most foxes, they have adapted to desert-like conditions, even its coat, ears, and kidney have adapted. Their adorable large ears are so sensitive, they can hear their prey underground. They mainly eat rodents, birds, insects, and eggs. They're named after the Arabic word fennek, which actually means fox. So they are essentially called a fox fox.

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asdfghjkl 4 years ago

lolo


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angela_michelle 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for the great compliment!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much for the great compliment! I too think they are so adorable!!!


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

The Marmoset are my favorite - so adorable. Hard to believe they are that tiny. Really enjoyed reading this well written and informative hub. Thank you.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much for the great compliment. Well, I know of course the Chihuahua can be a pet, but the Pygmy Marmoset although can actually be a pet, but you need to do a lot of research before you get one, since they often die due to inexperienced marmoset owners.


kuboje 6 years ago

All these smallest animals are so cute, wonder if we can keep them in our house as pet? Great job, thanks for sharing, been looking at those pictures over and over again...and still amaze me like the first time I saw them.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Yeah, I can see that. I love Anne Geddes! My roommate in college covered her room with posters of Anne Geddes!


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stevewong 6 years ago

That Chihuaua is adorable. The picture reminds me of the Anne Geddes stuff!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Money Glitch. I think my personal favorite from the list are the pygmy marmosets. They are so cute and small, although I heard that most people who choose to have them as pets, do not take care of them properly due to lack of knowledge.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub, thanks for sharing the worlds smallest animals, some of these 'god's little creatures" I'd never seen or heard of. Great Job! :)


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Springboard, interesting. There is a couple other ones that are close to beating Thumbelina, but she was the smallest according to several sites and wikipedia. Unless I find out otherwise, she's staying on the list.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much GeneralHowitzer. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I find all these animals absolutely fascinating! They are by far my favorite topic to write on!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great hub. Very cute little critters. :) Incidentally, saw a clip on Talk Soup about a miniature horse. No bigger than a mid-sized dog. Very cute indeed.


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Wow one of the best hub about these wonderful creatures. The Sun Bear is threatened in China they were caged and farmed of their bile, if my memory serves me right thanks for sharing... Rated Up great job here eh... Gotta back for more in the days to come to read some of your wonderful stuffs... By the way I have some tips for you in your email...


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Oh, I bet I will, I better go check it out! Maybe it's an animal that needs to be added briefly to this hub. LOL... if so I'll make a link to your hub as a result!


Garnetbird 6 years ago

Adorable Hub--especially loved the little antelope. You might like my Hub on the little Dartmoor Pony.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Yes, He is, the amazing thing is there are animals out there, we have never heard of. In fact, recently there was a bird they thought was extinct, that was discovered deep in the rain forest. It was so fascinating!


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menomania 6 years ago from Elmira, New York

Thank you for a very interesting hub. Our God certainly was creative when He created the animals of this world.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Although Sugar Gliders are extremely cute, and small. The smallest marsupial goes to (drum roll please) the long-tailed planigale at 55 mm. Due to lack of pictures that are royalty free I did not post it. But it's definitely interesting looking. It could sleep on your thumb. I think it's probably good my husband has not heard about sugar gliders as pets, I think I'd have trouble convincing him, we shouldn't get one.


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stevewong 6 years ago

My friend had a sugar glider before. I believe it is the smallest marsupial : ) She actually let him sleep in her shirt during the day (it's nocturnal).


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Yes, I absolutely love animal articles... obviously! The photos were really hard to find. I got them all from gettyimages. The same with the biggest animals. There were some I wanted to write about, but couldn't get a royalty free pic. :)


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Ultimate Hubber, actually I got the inspiration for this hub, because of a book one of the kids I nanny for came home with. It was the biggest and the smallest animals. I started with that and broke it down to many hubs, but more in depth information. The book also had slowest, fastest, and all the -ests there are.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

So interesting. I love articles this, anything about the other animals we share the earth with - and thanks for the photos.


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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

Beautiful!

I have been reading about animals lately and loved this hub. Where did the inspiration for this hub come from?


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you very much. Actually I copied and pasted it from my other hubs, I must have forgotten to edit it, thanks for letting me know. :)


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remaniki 6 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Angela,

Thanks for the wonderful hubs; I wanted to read all the linked hubs, but haven't been able to complete. Will come back to do it a little later. Btw, a link has been given to the same hub.Is it with a reason? Just wanted to know. Anyway excellent information. Knowing about animals is always a pleasure. Thanks.

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