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10 of the World’s Tiniest Mammals (Slideshow)

1. Bumblebee Bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai)

Last—and least!—the bumblebee bat is the smallest mammal in the entire world.* They live in limestone caves near rivers in Thailand and Burma, in colonies of about 100 bats. They are a petite 1.1–1.3 inches (29–33 mm) in length, and weigh 0.071 ounces (2 grams)—that’s roughly the same as a single raspberry! Their long-tipped wings allow them to hover in mid-air, and they have a handsome pig-like snout.

*While the Etruscan shrew has a lower mass, the bumblebee bat has a smaller skull and a shorter overall length.
Photo Credit: Daniel Hargreaves, EDGE Blog

 

 

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Molly Allison-Baker

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.

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8:57AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

They are all so cute!

1:38PM PDT on May 28, 2014

Thank you for sharing! I had never seen any of them. They are so cute and look so fragile at the same time.

9:08AM PDT on May 28, 2014

New stuff I never put together in ma po lil brain before! You never stop learning!

6:49PM PDT on May 27, 2014

nice

1:03AM PDT on May 25, 2014

Thanks for the pics and info on these ingenious little guys!

2:03PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Thank you!

8:01AM PDT on May 29, 2013

so cute,thank you for sharing

1:14PM PDT on May 13, 2013

śliczne zwierzątka, małe jest piękne

9:23AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

thanks, sharing!

10:27AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

they are so CUTE

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