7 of the Smallest Animals

Found in Cuba and the Isla de la Juventud, the bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. Adult males measure about 2 inches (5 cm) in length and weigh less than 2 grams.

1. Bee Hummingbird

Meet the white-toothed pygmy shrew, the world's tiniest mammal, weighing just 1.2 to 2.7 grams and measuring 1.2 to 2.4 inches (3 to 6 cm) in length!

2. Etruscan Shrew

This species of fish, native to the swamps of Sumatra, holds the title of the world's smallest vertebrate. Adult females can reach a maximum size of about 0.3 inches (7.9 mm).

3. Paedocypris progenetica

This tiny wasp, native to Costa Rica, is considered one of the smallest insects in the world. Females measure about 0.14 inches (0.35 mm) in length.

4. Fairyfly

The Brookesia micra is one of the world's smallest chameleons and is found on the island of Nosy Hara in Madagascar. Adult males can reach a length of just over 1 inch (2.9 cm).

5. Brookesia micra

Native to South Africa, this tortoise holds the title of the world's smallest tortoise. Adult specimens typically measure about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) in length.

6. Speckled Padloper Tortoise

Native to South Africa, this tortoise holds the title of the world's smallest tortoise. Adult specimens typically measure about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) in length.

7. Pygmy Marmoset

The world's smallest animals, from the bee hummingbird to the pygmy marmoset, highlight the incredible diversity and adaptability of nature. These tiny wonders contribute significantly to our understanding of biodiversity, showcasing the delicate balance within the natural world.