Endothermic, hairy, and lactating, mammals are the only type of vertebrate animal. Mammals have adapted to practically every habitat on Earth thanks to their ability to maintain a constant internal temperature and their varied protective hair coats.
1 The bumblebee bat
The bumblebee bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) is the smallest animal on Earth, weighing in at only about 2 grams and reaching just 1 to 1.3 inches in length, according to the BBC. The little bat can be found in caves across western Thailand and Myanmar, where it lives in colonies of less than a hundred individuals.
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