SMALLEST Animals In The World!
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From the smallest living primate to the tiniest
turtle, if you don’t look closely, you just might mistake these fully-grown animals for
babies! Here are 9 of the smallest animals ever! 9. PYGMY RABBIT The pygmy rabbit is the smallest rabbit in
the world!! They are native only to the great basin area
of the United States and are extremely rare since they are hunted by everything and are
limited to where they can live in the winter based on the type of grass they can eat. They usually live about 3-5 years but are
often eaten before they can reach their full lifespan. Bunnies in the wild rarely die of old age… They usually only weigh around 1 pound with
females growing slightly larger than males. How can you identify a pygmy rabbit? Well, they are small for one and essentially
look like a fluffy baby bunny! It also doesn’t have any white fur on its
tail, it has short ears, small hind legs, and is usually gray. One subspecies is listed by the U.S. Federal
Government as an endangered species. Fun fact, they are one of only 2 kinds of
rabbits that dig their own burrows in North America. Most rabbits use burrows made by other creatures. 8. ETRUSCAN SHREW The Etruscan shrew goes by several aliases,
including the Etruscan pygmy shrew and white-toothed pygmy shrew. It’s the smallest known mammal in the world
by mass and only grows to about 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) long – just a bit larger than
the average bumblebee!! Surprisingly, however, the Etruscan shrew’s
brain is largest in ratio to its body size compared to all other animals, including humans! This big-brained, miniature rodent is also
surprisingly big eater, consuming between one-and-a-half and twice its body size daily. Probably to support all the energy its brain
is using! Plus they use up a lot of energy keeping themselves
warm. They are also extremely fast and effective
predators, often killing crickets that are as big as they are!!! Etruscan shrews can be found mostly in warm,
damp climates between 10 and 30 degrees North latitude, in places such as Malaysia, North
Africa, Europe, and the Maltese Islands. They’re uncommon and even endangered in
some countries, but are widespread and not considered threatened overall. Relatively little is known about the Etruscan
shrew – no pun intended.. They go into frequent but short periods of
hiding that typically last no longer than a half hour at a time, and when they’re
not hiding, they’re moving. And they usually live alone, except during
mating periods. If you scare them, they can drop dead. And now for number 7 but first if you are
a returning subscriber welcome back!! If you are new here welcome and be sure to
subscribe so you dont miss out on the latest videos!! 7. PYGMY MARMOSET The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest
monkey and the 2nd smallest primate on Earth. Do you know what the smallest primate in the
world is ?? Leave your guess in the comments below!! The answer is coming up!! This tiny monkey species can fit in the palm
of your hand and weighs about the same as a stick of butter. They are only about 5-6 inches long, including
the tail! Native to the rainforests of the Western Amazon
basin in South America, it can be found in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and Colombia. These tiny monkeys are gummivores, meaning
they feed primarily on the gums and saps of trees. They travel in troops of two to nine members,
usually consisting of two parents and up to four litters of their offspring, and an occasional
other random adult or two. Like the pygmy rabbit, due to its uniqueness
from other marmoset species, the pygmy marmoset is classified according to its own genus. Their tail is longer than their body, and
while they can’t use it to grab onto things, it helps them keep their balance. You can actually have pygmy marmosets as pets
but it doesn’t mean that you should. At least in the United States they are only
allowed in a few states but they need a very special environment to thrive and if they
are kept in a small space with not enough stimulation they can get aggressive. 6. BEE HUMMINGBIRD Like the Etruscan shrew, the bee hummingbird
is known by several names, including the zunzuncito- after the sound their wings make in Spanish-
Zun-zun!! It’s the world’s smallest bird and the
world’s smallest warm-blooded vertebrate. They are native to Cuba, and can be found
on the country’s second-largest island, Isla de la Juventud, or Isle of Youth. However, even there they are a bit elusive
and hard to spot since they are so small. They often have to compete with many insects
for food like hawk moths and bees. They intimidate them by darting around and
can actually be aggressive for their tiny size!! It has a plump, round appearance compared
to other species of hummingbirds, which tend to be more slender. These colorful little birds look like small,
glistening gems. They beat their wings 200 times in a second,
whereas most hummingbirds beat their wings about 80 times a second. 5. SLENDER BLIND SNAKE While nonvenomous, the next animal on this
list isn’t exactly snuggly. slender blind snakes, also known as the worm
snake or the thread snake, are tiny snakes with very smooth scales. A total of 87 species of slender blind snakes
are thought to exist all over the world. These pink, brown, and sometimes black reptiles
are so tiny, they basically look like earthworms. Like I said, not exactly as adorable as a
pygmy marmoset but it’s not its fault. Their general body structure and scale pattern
give them a segmented appearance. Slender blind snakes aren’t remarkable for
much. In fact, their name was inspired by the fact
that their eyes are essentially useless. They are the only snakes that have teeth on
the lower jaw but none on the upper jaw. Some species are even missing the top of their
skull!! These plain creatures are burrowers, emerging
only when they get flooded out by rain. They feed primarily on ant and termite larvae
– I mean, they’re so small, what else would they eat? 4. SPECKLED PADLOPER TORTOISE The speckled padloper tortoise is the world’s
smallest turtle, and it sure packs a whole lot of cuteness into a tiny little package. Like some of the other species on this list,
females are slightly larger than males, measuring up to four inches long (ten centimeters). They only weigh about 100-165 grams! Also about the same as a stick of butter! The speckled padloper can be found mainly
in an arid region of western South Africa called Little Namaqualand. It forages for succulent plants that grow
between the rocks, and its small size helps them hide from predators. They are mostly active during the early mornings
of Autumn and Spring. Padloper means “trail walker” and it refers
to the skinny trails and paths that it leaves behind. Thanks once again to human interference, the
speckled padloper is considered a threatened species. Although it’s illegal to trade the tortoise,
many are taken from their natural habitat and sold in the black market for the illegal
pet trade. Besides poaching, they have to worry about
habitat destruction, and road traffic. Domestic species such as dogs and pigs are
also pose a threat to this tortoise. 3. PAEDOCYPRIS The Paedocypris is a genus encompassing the
world’s smallest fish, which measure just 7.9 millimeters, in length. It’s so small, you can see it with the naked
eye, but you would probably need a magnifying glass to get a detailed look! Paedocypris resides in the swamps and streams
of the Southeast Asian islands known as Bintan, Borneo, and Sumatra. While they may not seem like much, they are
major players in the food chain. These miniscule swimmers weren’t discovered
until the mid-1990’s. Unlike most adult fish, it has a tiny, transparent
body that lacks a bony skull structure around its brain. It also retains some features of its larvae
stage that usually disappear when a fish reaches adulthood. The Paedocypris has the distinction of being
the second smallest known vertebrate in the entire world, coming in place only behind
a frog known as Paedophryne amauensis, which was discovered in 2009 in Papua New Guinea
and doesn’t even have a formal name yet. Unfortunately, like many other species on
today’s list, the Paedocypris is no stranger to habitat loss at the hands of human beings,
especially because of its small range and specialized habitat. Drainage of peat swamps, along with fires,
have already led to the disappearance of several populations of this vulnerable creature which
can even survive in mud puddles. We have no idea what influence this may have
on the rest of the food chain. 2. KITTI’S HOG-NOSED BAT I’m not even going to try pronouncing the
scientific name of the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, also nicknamed the bumblebee bat, which
hails from Thailand and Burma. Measuring only 1.1 to 1.6 inches long, the
bumblebee bat is the world’s smallest bat. Both of its common names are appropriate since
it has a distinctive pig-like snout and is small like a bumblebee just like the hummingbird
I mentioned before! It lives along rivers in limestone caves,
along with anywhere from 10 to 500 of its peers. An average colony consists of around 100 bats. They’re most active at dawn and dusk and
use echolocation to navigate their flight. Despite very little being known about these
fascinating flying mammals, the general consensus among scientists is that they’re at risk
of extinction. Limestone extraction is a huge threat as it
destroys their habitat. There are no fossil records anywhere of the
world’s smallest bat which makes it hard to understand their evolutionary process. They were discovered in the 1970’s and there
is a lot we don’t know about them. 1. MADAME BERTHE’S MOUSE LEMUR Answer: Like I mentioned before, the pygmy
marmoset is the world’s second-smallest primate. For those of you who guessed, Madame Berthe’s
Mouse Lemur, or Berthe’s lemur, for short is number 1!! This little guy is less than 100mm long and
weighing only 30g. Berthe’s lemur resides mainly in Kirindy
Mitea National Park, located in western Madagascar. This nocturnal species has very large eyes
to help it see at night. It was only recently discovered in 1992, and
was only categorized as its own species as recently as the year 2000. Everyone at first confused it with the pygmy
lemur. The tiny lemur eats fruit and chamaleons and
honeydew from larvae. Because of their small stature, Berthe’s
lemurs are vulnerable to predators, including humans, who are degrading its habitat via
the illegal logging industry. Deforestation has severely affected them and
they are listed as endangered – at best. While they are cute, scientists advise people
to keep bare skin away from them because they can be fierce!! Thanks for watching, be sure to subscribe
and see you next time!!

100 thoughts on “SMALLEST Animals In The World!

  1. 0:42 Oh my gosh! That tiny rabbit! What a cutie pie!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฉ The bee hummingbird so graceful, though!

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  4. The narrator must be of Hispanic decent because she pronounces Spanish words better than me! I like the pygmy tortoise and the humming bird!

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  6. that is a lop eard bunny. we have pigmy rabbits in the mountains where we live and they look likt tiny cottontails.

  7. Arenโ€™t terrapins smaller than no4. My neighbors had 2 terrapins and they were Definitely smaller.

  8. I lived in Brazil as a kid and my father bought me a Pygmy Marmoset . His name was Pakeeta , loved boiled peanuts and was a great little buddy .

  9. the marmoset's are so beautiful but they need the wilderness not in someones home. would be nice but they are sketchy little critters but they are inspiring, they need their environment cuz they would get depressed and die basically. love monkey's how can you not. I am a creature myself——!!!!check me out!!!

  10. WHY would the 'illegal' logging industry be any more horrific to species habitat than the 'legal' logging industry?! Please!

  11. For the pygmy marmoset this video shows baby common marmosets instead. The babies of the pygmy marmoset and the common marmoset may look similar but common marmosets are usually darker in color (dark brown, tan, or even a silver color), have ear tuffs on the side of their heads that when young are the same color as the rest of their fur but turn white as they age and so do the spots on their foreheads. Pygmy marmosets have coarser and curlier fur than that of the common marmoset. Common marmosets and pygmy marmosets have different facial structures as well. Common marmosets are bigger than pygmy marmosets and are closer to about 8 inches to a foot including their tails.

    Other interesting facts about marmosets include:

    They are chimeras, so that means that the marmosets that have sex, give birth, and raise the child may not actually be the baby's biological parents but instead their aunt/uncle. This makes genetics and breeding marmosets even harder to keep track of.

    Marmosets almost always give birth to twins or triplets.

    Family groups consist of: A breeding female, an adult daughter or sister of the breeding female (who isn't allowed to breed with the breeding males within the family group or she'll be kicked out), breeding males (usually only 1 or 2), juveniles, and babies. The babies are raised by the juveniles and the fathers. The breeding female only provides the babies with milk but doesn't do childcare like grooming or carrying usually unless it is the group's first litter.

    Babies become adults after they become about a year old. They are then kicked out of the family group to start their own families.

    Marmosets have different calls and talk to one another. Some of these calls can sound bird-like so if you're ever in South America, that may not be a bird you're hearing but instead a marmoset!

    Just wanted to get rid of some misinformation as someone who works with and raises marmosets. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Common marmosets from 3:40 to 3:50.

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