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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 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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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

7:12PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

thanks

2:22PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

so many cute animals I haven't seen ever, lol animals are the best.

3:15AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

very interesting

1:05PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Wow! The Pink Fairy Armadillo and the Pygmy Gerboa are super cool.

8:06AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

cute

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