10 Animals With Small Ears

The animal kingdom has different kinds of ears some have large and floppy ears, while, others have small and unnoticeable ears. All these animals are well adapted to thier environments, Here is the list of animals with small ears,

Animals With Small Ears

1. Beaver (Castor)

Beaver js one of the common animals that live in lakes that spend part of their life in the water and part on the ground. The body of the animal species is very well adapted to both lifestyles. (water and the ground).  Talking about the apperance, they have a long and flat tail which is one foot long. These land and water animals are nocturnal since they hunt and work during the night. They are territorial animals who can use musk oil to cover the branches and mud in the dams to mark their territory. The avarage lifespan of beaners is between  16 to 24 years in the wild.

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2. Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

The Polar Bear is one of the types of bears that have a preferred habitat in the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean. Talking about the apperance, they are actually white but the fur is actually transparent and it only looks white because it reflects visible light. Under the fur, the skin of the bear species is black.

These apex predators have 42 extremely sharp teeth and have an excellent sense of smell which will help them to detect prey from 32 km (20 mi) away and even can sense a seal’s breathing hole in the ice more than 800 meters away.  The unique characteristic of polar bears is that they slow thier metabolism if they do not eat for 10 days till their next meal. It is also listed as one of the popular animals that live in the tundra region.

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Polar Bear

3. Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis)

Rock Hyrax is a mammal found in Eastern and Southern parts of Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Jordan. They are closely related to elephants and manatees, however, there is a huge difference in size and appearance. The body length is between  17.7 to 21.6 inches in length and the average weight is between 6.6 to  8.8 pounds. The main predators of rock hyrax are leopards, servals, hyenas, pythons, and birds of prey. The mating season among the species will last from August to November, however, it also depends on geographic location. The avarage lifespan of Rock Hyrax is up to 7 years in the wild and up to 12 years in captivity.

Rock Hyrax

4. Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus)

Arctic foxes are one of the types of foxes found in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Scandinavia, and Russia. During the summer season, the species lives in the tundra region and during the winter season, they are seen on ice floes where its white coat serves as camouflage and hence listed as one of the most amazing camouflaged animals in the world. These fluffy animals have furry soles, short ears, and a short muzzle which is required for the chilly climate. They are among the common winter animals and require a thick, multi-layered fur coat that provides excellent insulation in cold regions.

Arctic Fox

5. Pygmy Marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea)

Pygmy Marmoset is one of the types of monkeys found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. This is the smallest monkey in the world that prefers to thrive in evergreen and river-edge forests and because of their small size has a lot of hiding places among the plants. It is the smallest monkey in the world, however, not the smallest primate since that title goes to the mouse lemur. The body length from head to body is between 12 to 15 cm (4.7 to 6 in) and the tail is about  17 to 23 cm (6.7 to 9 in).  These cutest monkeys live in groups called troops and have a diurnal lifestyle. It is also among the animals with small eyes in the world.

Pygmy Marmoset

6. Black Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes)

The  Black-footed ferret belongs to the weasel family and is the only ferret species native to North America. The body length is upto 38 to 41 cm in length and the average weight is between 900 to 1000 grams. Talking about the apperance, they have a long, slender body along with its paws, ears, parts of its face, and its tail.  The neck is long and the legs short and stout.  The dietary habit is carnivores in nature and feeds on prairie dogs, as well as sometimes mice, ground squirrels, or other small animals. The avarage lifespan of black black-footed ferrets is between 3 to 9 years.

Black Footed Ferret

7. Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

Capybara is one of the forest animals from South America found in swampy areas, near lakes, ponds, and rivers. The population of these cutest animals is on the decline because of uncontrolled hunting, however, the numbers have recovered because of the farming of capybaras. Capybara produce warning bark when they sense danger to alert other members of the group. Apart from that, they also purr, whistle, squeal, and grunt. Scents are another way of communication where males release substances in special glands to mark their territory whereas females release smelly substances only they they need to inform males that they are ready for mating. 


8. Scottish Fold Cats (Felis catus)

Scottish Fold is a type of cat that originates from Scotland. The purebred descendants of a white barn cat called Susie that was born with folded ears. The average weight of medium-sized cat species is between  6 to 13 pounds and is also known as “owl in catsuits” because of its owl-like large eyes and tiny ears. Talking about appearance, they have a short or long coat that comes with all kinds of colors and patterns.  The most popular colors include orange, grey, white, calico, and tabby. The avarage lifespan of Scottish fold cats is between 9 to 15 years.

Scottish Fold Cats

9. Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus)

The ox is one of the strongest animals in the world that belongs to the bovid family. Talking about the appearance, they have a large stocky body along with short legs and tails. They are seen in herds of between 10 to 20 animals and when threatened they form a circle around the youngest members of the herd and use thier horns to protect them. During mating season, male species used to secrete musky substances hence the name from the glands underneath their eyes to attract the females. The mating season will take place from July to September were males used to collide with their heads at the speed of 30 miles per hour to show dominance and get an opportunity to mate.

Musk Ox

10. Cuscus (Spilocuscus maculatus)

Cuscus is one of the animals with small ears that lives in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and on the nearby islands. As of now, 23 species of cuscus have been identified that vary in size, color, and type of habitat. The medium size animal species can grow between 14 to 26 inches in length and the average weight is between 3.3 to 13 pounds.  They have a rounded head with small ears and large round eyes. The color of the eyes can be orange, red, or yellow, and designed especially for night vision. The avarage lifespan of Cuscus is upto 11 years in the wild.


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