Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
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There is an enormous range of mammal species on planet Earth.

Top 10 Earth’s smallest mammals.

The blue whale is not only the largest mammal alive today, but also the largest animal ever to live on our planet.

But what about down at the other end? What’s the smallest mammal that has ever lived?

Read on for the top 10 smallest mammals by weight.

10. American shrew mole

Weight: 7-11g; average 10g

Distribution: Northwestern USA

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American shrew mole

9. Tasmanian pygmy possum

Weight: 7-10g; average 8.4g

Distribution: Tasmania, Australia

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Tasmanian pygmy possum

8. Paucident planigale

Weight: 6.9g

Distribution: Australia

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Paucident planigale

7. Narrow-nosed planigale

Weight: 5.3g

Distribution: Australia

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Narrow-nosed planigale

6. Long-tailed planigale

Weight: 4.3g

Distribution: Australia

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Long-tailed planigale

5. Baluchistan pygmy jerboa

Weight: 3.75g

Distribution: Pakistan and Afghanistan

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Baluchistan pygmy jerboa

4. African pygmy mouse

Weight: 3-12g; average 7.2g

Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa

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African pygmy mouse

3. Kitti’s hog-nosed bat

Weight: 1.7-2.0g

Distribution: Thailand and Myanmar

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Kitti’s hog-nosed bat

2. Etruscan shrew

Weight: 1.5-2.5g; average 2.1g

Distribution: North America

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Etruscan shrew

1. Batodonoides vanhouteni (extinct)

Weight: 1.3g

Distribution: North America

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Batodonoides-vanhouteni

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