To me there’s something strangely disturbing about that idea. 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 you’re cleaning the basement and found a horse the size of a pea staring at you…You might think that sounds cute, but I’m willing to bet you’d be screaming like a hysterical schoolgirl the moment it crawled up your leg.
#1. 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.
Today the impending extinction for these tiny animals comes from deforestation near the limestone caves in which they lurk. A creepy fact is that these bats can form swarms of up to 500, which pretty much equals a mosquito swarm from the 7th circle of hell. Fortunately they feed on insects, so you can sleep in peace – knowing that you’re unlikely to be drained to a skeleton by a massive swarm of these mini vampires.(Source)
#2. The Pygmy Jerboa – World’s Smallest Rodent
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.
This dwarfed rodent can only be found in the hot deserts of Pakistan and Afghanistan and, with a length of just 2 inches, is known to be the smallest rodent on the planet. 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.
#3. Brookesia Micra – Tiniest Chameleon
When I first saw this picture I swore it was either a Photoshop or a giant matchstick. 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 1.1 inches (29mm ) from 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)
#4. 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 2 inches and lays eggs smaller than a coffee bean. a “colossal” 23 cm in length and 18-20 g in weight.
#5. 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.
#6. Pygmy Marmoset – the Smallest true monkey
I know what you’re thinking, “Christ almighty, not another tiny animal with Pygmy in its name…” Clearly this tiny primate should have been named “Tiny-Finger-Monkey” but alas the lack of creativity among taxonomist’s has prevented this. These mini primates are extremely hard to study in the wild as they are small enough to live high-up in the trees where they can stay on small branches. No doubt the rainforests in which they live are covered with dented tree trunks, formed by hundreds of researchers slamming their heads against the bark in frustration- as they tried to get a closer look at these tiny monkeys. They are extremely fast and can jump over 5 meters to get out of harms way- or away from any biologist foolish enough to spend half an hour climbing a tree. Oh, and by the way – 5 meters is mighty impressive for a monkey the size of a weener.
#7. Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman – World’s smallest crocodilian
When you think of crocodiles, the image of an armoured, sharp-toothed writhing instrument of death is most likely to pop to mind. But it seems nature decided to put these Dwarf Caimans on earth just to improve the image of the entire crocodilian species. Just look at that adorable little cutie, You just want to pet it, take it with you in the bathtub and sing to it.