Check out our list of the smallest animals on the planet. Some of these creatures are so minute they have been added to the Guinness Book Of Records.
Our planet has a wide diversity when it comes to animals. There are thousands of creatures large and small some dangerous and some not. Many of them are considered imposing by their size but remember, size is not every thing. The smallest of creatures can also be deadly.
1. World’s Smallest Dog: 12.4 cm (4.9-inch) tall.
At 1.4 pounds and 4.9 inches tall, this Chihuahua from Charlton (Massachusetts, USA), holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest living dog (by height).
2. World’s Smallest Snake: 10.1 cm (4-inch) long.
The Leptotyphlops Carlae is the world’s smallest species of snake, with adults averaging just under four inches in length. They are usually found on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
3. World’s Smallest Fish: 7.9 mm (0.3-inch) long.
The Paedocypris progenetica is a member of the carp family of fish. They were discovered on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on January 2006. It is the world’s smallest vertebrate or backboned animal; only 7.9 mm (0.3 inches) long.
4. World’s Smallest Horse: 43.18 cm (17-inch) tall.
Five-year-old Thumbelina is the world’s smallest horse. She was raised by Paul and Kay Goessling, who specialize in breeding miniature horses, but even for the breed Thumbelina is particularly small.
5. World’s Smallest Cat: 15.5 cm (6.1-inch) high and 49 cm (19.2-inch) long.
This little cat lives in central Illinois, he is two years old and weighs about 3 pounds. The cat’s small stature was verified by the Guinness Book of World Records on 2004.
6. World’s Smallest Hamster: 2.5 cm (0.9-inch) tall.
PeeWee is the smallest hamster in the world. Weighing less than an ounce this golden hamster stopped growing when he was just three weeks old.
7. World’s Smallest Chameleon: 1.2 cm (0.5-inch) long.
The Brookesia Minima is the world’s smallest species of chameleon. She was found in the rainforest of Madagascar.
8. World’s Smallest Lizard: 16 mm (0.6-inch) long.
The Sphaerodactylus ariasae is only about 16 millimeters long, or about three quarters of an inch. It shares the title of “smallest” with another lizard species named Sphaerodactylus parthenopion, discovered in 1965 in the British Virgin Islands.
9. World’s Smallest Cattle: 81 cm (31-inch) height.
This is a rare breed of an Indian zebu called the Vechur cow. The average height of this breed of cattle is 31 to 35 inches (81 to 91 cm).
10. World’s Smallest Seahorse: 16 mm (0.6-inch) long.
This seahorse known as Hippocampus denise, is typically just 16 millimetres long. Some were found to be just 13 mm long. They live in the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean, between 13 and 90 metres beneath the surface.