10 of the Smallest Animals In The World
The World’s Smallest Dog: 12.4 cm (4.9 inches) Tall
A short-coat Chihuahua from Charlton, MA named Ducky weighs 1.4 lbs. and is just under 5 inches tall. He holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest living dog in the world (according to height).
The World’s Smallest Snake: 10.1 cm (4 inches) Long
The smallest snake species in the world is the Leptotyphlops carlae. The length of an adult is a tad under 4 inches. They are found on Barbados, an island in the Caribbean. They are as thin as a spaghetti noodle and so tiny they can fit snugly on a U.S. quarter. Blair Hedges discovered the species.
The World’s Smallest Fish: 7.9 mm (0.3 inches) Long
The smallest fish in the world was discovered on January 2006, on an island in Indonesia called Sumatra. The fish is in the carp family and is called the Paedocypris progenetica. It’s the smallest vertebrate animal at 7.9 mm (0.3 inches) long
The World’s Smallest Horse: 43.18 cm (17 inches) Tall
Paul and Kay Goessling miniature horse breeders own a 17-inch tall 60 lb. dwarf-version of the miniature horse breed named Thumbelina, and it is the smallest horse in the world.
The World’s Smallest Cat: 15.5 cm (6.1-inch) high and 49 cm (19.2-inch) Long
The smallest cat in the world is named Mr. Peebles from central Illinois. He weighs around 3 lbs. and his stature was verified in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The World’s Smallest Hamster: 2.5 cm (0.9-inch) Tall
The world’s smallest hamster is PeeWee and he is just a tad bigger than $0.50 cent piece. He weighs less than an ounce, as he stopped growing at 3 weeks old.
The World’s Smallest Chameleon: 1.2 cm (0.5-inch) Long
The smallest chameleon species in the world is the Brookesia Minima. It is half an inch long and found on Nosy be Island on the floor of rainforest. The island is off the NW coast of Madagascar.
The World’s Smallest Lizard: 16 mm (0.6-inch) Long
The scientific name for this smallest lizard species in the world is Sphaerodactylus ariasae and it is small enough stretch out on a quarter or curl up on a dime. The typical adult is about 16mm long which is about ¾’s of an inch. Its title is shared with another lizard species called Sphaerodactylus parthenopion which was discovered in the British Virgin Islands back in 1965.
World’s Smallest Cattle: 81 cm (31-inch) Height
The smallest cattle in the world are the Vechur cow. They are a rare Indian Zebu breed with an average height of 31 – 35 inches tall
World’s Smallest Seahorse: 16 mm (0.6-inch) Long
The Hippocampus denise is only 16mm long, which is smaller than most people’s fingernails. Some of these seahorses were discovered to be only 13mm long. They live in western Pacific Ocean in the tropical waters, between 13 and 90 meters under the surface.
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