Big Surprises in Small Packages: 9 of the World's Tiniest Animals

 May 16th, 2024


Get ready to be amazed! We're shrinking to meet some of Earth's tiniest animals and discover where they roam.

Size: Less than 8mm long! Lives: Acidic peat swamps of Sumatra

1: Paedocypris Fish

Size: The smallest monkey, just larger than your thumb Lives: Amazon rainforest

2: Pygmy Marmoset

Size: Could fit on a matchhead! Lives: Madagascar's rainforests

3: Brookesia nana Chameleon

Size: Smallest bird, lighter than a dime Lives: Cuba

4: Bee Hummingbird

Size: Smallest mammal by mass (around 1.8 grams) Lives: Mediterranean regions

5: Etruscan Shrew

Size: Smallest tortoise, shells about 8cm long Lives: South Africa

6: Speckled Padloper Tortoise

Size: Thinner than spaghetti Lives: Barbados, Caribbean

7: Barbados Threadsnake

Size: Around a bumblebee's size Lives: Thailand and Myanmar

8: Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat (Bumblebee Bat)

Size: Smallest primate, fits in your palm Lives: Madagascar

9: Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur

Small but mighty! These pint-sized creatures prove that amazing things come in tiny packages.