Ever wonder what the smallest rodent in the world looks like? Well, it’s actually pretty cute looking in its own disproportionate way. The Baluchistan Pygmy Jerboa is the world’s smallest species of rodent with a weight of less than an ounce at around .132o oz, a body length of 1.7 inches, and a tail length of up to three inches.
Also known as the Dwarf Three-toed Jerboa, it looks like a child’s art project with just a tiny cotton ball for the head and a long string for the tail when sitting. When these rodents actually stand up, they look more like miniature Kangaroos, with their hind legs longer than their front legs and disproportionately large feet to hold them up.
According to the IUCN Red List, they are native to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their habitat includes rolling sand dunes, barren flat gravel, and sandy deserts. Unfortunately, there is not enough data available to determine population or population trends.
It’s amazing to see the design of nature in such a small creature and how body parts that don’t seem to fit together do. Check out the videos below to see just how cute tiny rodent is.