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Ridiculously Cute Animals
Each respected scientist will be able to tell you that there is a direct relationship with how little something, and how it is adorable. Kittens, Mini Cooper, babies, hell even baby shoes are so cute it will make the voice of a person jumping several octaves up. But grizzly Hummers, fat guys etc. simply do not have the same effect, impressive as they are. So here are ten animals so ridiculously tiny, it is hard to believe they have even identified.
Ok, so these cats are not as ridiculously tiny as the other entries in this list, but they justify the inclusion being so ridiculous and adorable looking. Despite their short legs, they can move quickly, especially when running in the corners. They can also stand on their hind legs to get a better look at things like meerkats. They can even solve puzzles or tricks taught and earned the nickname “Magpies”, as they used to steal and store shiny things. They were first recognized as a breed in 2003, but not by everyone.
Found in the tropical rainforests of South America, the pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey in the world. A 16cm high, a full grown adult can hold in your hand. This exclusion of the tail, which is actually longer than the body of the monkey, measuring 20cm. This tail, unlike other monkeys, is used for balance and can not function as a fifth member. They mate for life and travel in groups (known as the troops name) up to 9, which usually consist of entire families. They usually have two babies, but can have four in captivity, and the father contributes to the issue.
Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat
Discovered in the 1970s, Bat Kitti flat nose, also known as the bumblebee bat, found in Thailand and Burma. They can grow to about 33mm in length, making it perhaps the smallest mammals known to man. Not much is known about them. They can live in groups of anywhere from 10 to 500 bats, they eat several times a day, mostly insects. They do not use echolocation like many other bats. Their numbers are unknown in Burma, and Thailand there is only one province in which they are known to be found, which means they may be in danger of extinction.
Speckled Padloper Tortoise
At a whopping 110mm, Blanding’s turtle Padloper is large enough to intimidate most other entries on this list. Their speckled shell allows them to hide from predators among the rocks, where they spend most of their lives underground. Because of their tiny size, females can lay an egg at a time. This, along with poaching, predators, habitat loss, etc. has led to their status is classified as “near threatened”. They are 16 times smaller than the largest breed of turtle, Galapagos tortoise. While this may not seem like much, imagine if you had 16 times your size.
The Octopus Wolfi is by far the smallest known octopus in the world. It was found both in 1913 and officially classified (today, the classification of a new species is not as simple as finding one, and can take years, like the frog above, which was ranked two years after discovering). A full octopus wolfi weigh less than a gram, and measuring 1.5 cm in length, which means it can hold on to one of your fingers comfortably. They are found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.
This snake is not only the smallest snake known to man, but it is also the smallest scientists believe that a snake can evolve physically be. Found on the island of Barbados, one of the fully developed adult measures about 10 cm long, and is “as thin as a spaghetti noodle.” Just as the Blanding’s turtle Padloper, Leptotyphlops carlae only throw an egg, which could put them in danger of extinction. They can only lay one egg at a time, because if we put more newborns should be smaller and have almost no chance of survival.
This lizard, found in Madagascar, was discovered last year. This is actually a tiny chameleon, and spends most of his time in the leaf litter, which makes it extremely difficult to locate. But at night, they climb into the trees to sleep – the best time to pick them up. Scientists have discovered four previously unknown species of mini-lizards, but 29mm (small enough to fit on the head of a match), the Brookesia Micra is the smallest of all.
Found between 13 and 90 meters below the surface of the western Pacific Ocean, the hippocampus Denise was first taken to a seahorse baby. But, in fact, a fully grown adult can grow to be about 16mm. In addition to being so small, it is difficult to spot as it merges with the coral. Because they are so difficult to find scientists have no idea how much they are, and they are threatened by changing environments or as a result of fishing.
Discovered in 2010, the Amauensis Paedophryne is only 7.7mm long. Found in Papua New Guinea, frogs usually live among the dead leaves on the floor of the rainforest. Obviously, being so small, frogs are extremely difficult to locate. Scientists are listening to their calls, which is not easy in itself, acute frog calls are hard for humans to hear. The frogs are so small that a fully grown adult could fit completely on one of your nails. Not only is it the smallest frog in the world, it is also the smallest vertebrate known to man.