25 World’s Smallest Animals You Won’t Believe Are Real

Have you ever wondered what the smallest animal in the world is? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Some animals are so small, you seriously won’t believe your eyes. From frogs to horses, different species of animals from around the world got the short end of the stick. What’s even more exciting is that scientists and researchers have only recently found many of these animals. It’ll make you wonder what other small creatures are out there, lurking about. Curious to see what miniature beasts we’ve found? Here are 25 World’s Smallest Animals You Won’t Believe Are Real.

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Smallest Lizard

small lizardSource: http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2001-news/Hedges11-2001.htm

Scientists discovered the world’s smallest lizard in the Dominican Republica. The species is called Sphaerodactylus ariasae and can comfortably curl up on a U.S. dime. They roughly grow to less than an inch long or 16 millimeters.

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Smallest Cat

small catSource: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/smallest-cat-ever

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest cat ever was discovered in Taylorville, Illinois. A male blue point Himalayan-Persian named Tinker Toy, when it was full grown, it measured at 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall and 7.5 inches (19 cm) long.


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Dwarf Lantern Shark

lantern sharkSource: http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-photos/dwarf-lantern-shark

The Dwarf Lantern Shark is rare, swimming roughly 1,440 feet (439 m) below the ocean’s surface near South America. Not much is known about it. What we do know is they are small enough to fit in a human hand.

17

Etruscan Shrew

etruscanSource: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/11-of-the-smallest-mammals-in-the-world/etruscan-shrew

The Etruscan Shrew isn’t just the smallest shrew, it’s also the smallest mammal by mass. They usually weigh less than 2 grams and measure only 1.5 inches (4 cm). Even though they’re small, they have major appetities and eat twice their body weight every day.


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Royal Antelope

Royal_antelopeSource: https://www.britannica.com/animal/royal-antelope

Living in the rainforests of Ghana and Sierra Leone, the Royal Antelope is the world’s smallest antelope, measuring around 10 inches (25 cm) and weighing about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg). It’s very rare to see one due to its secretive and nocturnal nature.

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