10 of the Smallest Animals of their Kind
World is an astonishing place full of strange creatures, so the scientists have a frame where there are infinite opportunities for discoveries. Apart from the unearthing of new creatures and extinction of the old ones, researchers have found strange changes in the breed of several animals that have thrilled us. These transformations on flora and fauna are some-time caused by pesticides and chemicals that have reacted. I found some amazingly small animals when I was surfing the internet and hoard them as a list in this article. I compiled the listing according to the size of the beast in descending order as follows.
10. Thumbelina the Horse
Yes, it is the smallest horse of the world which is known as Thumbelina. Indeed it is the horse about which you can say that it is hidden in the box or behind the curtain. Thumbelina is a dwarf miniature horse which was born on 1st may 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a chestnut mare and belongs to Goose Creek farm. She is dumpy and is 17 inches tall and has made a record in the Guinness Book of World Record as the smallest height of horse in the world. This little chubby horse has a weight of 57 pounds and eats twice a day in which she takes a cup of grain and handful hay.
9. Pygmy Rabbit
The pygmy rabbits which belong to the Leporidae family of rabbits and live in Colombia are the smallest rabbits in the world. Their breed is also in danger and vanishing rapidly from the planet. The bunnies in their adulthood weight less than a pound and have a body length that varies between 24 cm to 29 cm. However, the smallest of all is known as Colombia basin pygmy rabbit which is adopted by Oregon zoo, in Portland. The distinct feature of this specie is that they dig burrow where they live as sagebrush habitat.
8. Peebles the Cat
Mr. Peebles is a fully grown cat with the smallest size in the world which is also deemed by the Guinness Book of World Record. He lives in Pekin, Illinois at Dr. Donna Sassman house. The miniature cat has a height of 6.1 inches and a length of 15 cm and acquires 1 kilogram of weight. Mr. Peebles takes his food four times a day to sustain his health. This incredibly small and cute specie has many specimens larger than her.
7. Pygmy Marmoset Monkey
The seventh on the list is the “Aww” inducing creature in the world, yes, they are the thumb sized pygmy marmoset monkeys. The dwarf monkeys are the natives of rainforest canopies, Brazil. Their body weight is just 4 ounces and they are 13 centimeters tall excluding the length of their tail. Since they have tiny structure, it is difficult to find them in the forest; nevertheless they can jump up to 16 feet which is really a long distance for this small creature. They cannot climb up the tree and scramble branches for their food, so sap and gum are the source of food for them.
6. Boo-Boo Dog
Boo-boo is the smallest dog in the world that belongs to Chihuahua breed of dogs. Chihuahua dogs are small in their height and known as toy dog because of their real shape and size. The pocket-sized dog that belongs to Raceland is just 4 inches in size and has a place in the Guinness Book of World Record 2011 for having the smallest size in dogs all over the world. The diminutive brood of Chihuahua does not like dog food and takes turkey with peas in his meal.
5. Barbados Thread Snake
The incredibly small snakes in the world are Barbados thread snake. This blind specie of snake is found in Caribbean island of Barbados. The tiny specie has an average length of 4 inches and is as thin as they can pass through the hole with a diameter of pencil lead, truthfully, they look like a worm. Larvae of termites and ants are the feast of these snakes unlike other snakes that eat mammals and birds. The specie is fighting for its survival on earth and it is left only in some parts of Barbados and also exist in Martinique.
4. Humming Bird
Bee humming-bird is the smallest bird in the world and lives in Cuba that is why it is also known as Cuban bird. The petite bird has a weight of 1.8 grams and a length of 2 inches. In the specie of humming-bird it is found that the males are smaller in length as compared to the female bees. The female bird builds a cup-shaped nest with cobwebs, barks and lichen where she lays her eggs. The food of humming birds includes nectar, insects and spiders which they suck by a tube shaped tongue which looks like a straw.
3. Bamboo Bats
Philippine is a place where four of the world’s smallest things are found and Philippines bamboo bats are one of them. The specie belongs to Vespertilionid family of bats and is among the smallest bats in the world. The mammal bird has a length of 4cm and has a weight of 1.5 grams. The bamboo bat is among the 1000 smallest bat specie that can be found in Philippine.
2. Izecksohn’s Toad
Among many species of frogs that have been discovered by zoologists, Brazilian gold frogs, also known as Izecksohn’s Toad are the smallest in all. They have a size equal to a dime and measure 9.8 millimeters in body length with a golden skin for which they are called golden frogs. But the smallest adult golden frog which is found so far is the one that belongs to Northern Hemisphere and is as small as 8.5 mm. The scientific name given to this infinitesimal animal is Eleutherodactylus Iberia as there is no common name for them.
1. Paedocypris Fish
Paedocypris is a fish which is measured 7.9 mm in length and claimed as the smallest fish and the smallest vertebrate or backboned animal in the entire world. It belongs to Cyprinidae family “the largest family of fresh water fishes” and found in swamp forests of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island where the water is very acidic and has a PH level as low as 3. The smallest adult fish of this family was a male. The previous record was hold by an indo pacific goby but it is wondrous that the new discovery has broken the record of smallest size in fish and has gained 1st place in the list of smallest animals in the world.