LARGEST Animals Ever Discovered!
- Published on: 8/2/2018
- Check out the largest animals ever discovered! This top 10 list of biggest and most amazing creatures recorded has some of the largest creatures ever caught!
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13. Japanese Spider Crab
These appropriately named spider crabs are not only creepy but they can be the size of your car!! The Japanese Spider Crab is the largest arthropod in the world with long spindly legs and disproportionate body, they can grow to be over 12 feet long and weigh up to 44 pounds. They can be found usually in the deep sea off of the coast of Japan so don’t worry, unless you are deep sea fishing or hanging around at 2000 feet below sea level, you should be ok!
The Ostrich is officially the largest bird on Earth in terms of body size and height. They can grow up to 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall and can weigh up to 320 lbs. (145 kilograms).
11. Continental Giant Rabbit
Normally when you think of rabbits you probably picture a cute little fluffy bunny you can hold in the palm of your hand! Like this!! Well, meet Ralph, a Continental Giant Rabbit!! He is 4 years-old and has been named the largest rabbit in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records and happens to weigh 55 pounds! Did you know rabbits could get this big??
10. Saltwater Crocodile
For crocodiles and alligators, size really does matter! Their large size and enormous strength makes them excellent predators and only the biggest and toughest survive!! The largest of all is the Saltwater Crocodile, which averages about 20 feet long (6m)!
9. Southern Elephant Seal
Sometimes, you just have to wonder, what was nature thinking making these animals so huge?? Just by the name alone, you know that elephant seals are going to be huge! The Southern Elephant Seal can measure up to 22 feet long, with the longest measuring 22.5 feet long!
Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world!! Males can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall and females can reach 14 feet (4.3 meters). Fun fact, a giraffe’s heart can be 2 feet long (0.6m) and weigh 25 lbs (11kg). They are native to Savannas throughout Africa and very social creatures.
7. Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world! It’s wingspan can get to over 1 foot long, and while that might not sound like much for most creatures, that is one huge insect!!
6. Wandering Albatross
You might not necessarily associate bird with massively large creatures but it's all a matter of perspective. While the bodies of the wandering albatross aren't exactly huge, their wingspans make them the largest bird species living today. They have a wingspan of about 12 feet, which is double the size of an average human with their arms outstretched!
5. Colossal Squid
Squids are one of those big mysteries of the ocean that many are desperate to solve. There have been rumors and legends about just how big these creatures can grow, which is why many of their species have names with adjectives like "giant" or "colossal" next to them. But, that does beg the question, which of these is the biggest ever recorded? Well, that prize goes to the Colossal Squid, which was once caught and recorded at 45 feet (13.7m) long!!
4. African Elephant
One of the kings of the animal world, and the world’s largest land mammal, elephants are massive in virtually every category. But when it comes to the African Elephant, it gets even bigger. They’re around 13 feet tall, which may not seem big at first, but you have to remember, this is also a creature that weighs 13,000 pounds and can crush you without blinking its eye.
3. Asiatic Reticulated Python
Oh yeah, you knew a snake would be on this list! After all, there are some massive and long snakes out there!!
But, the question is, what's the biggest one ever recorded? Well, it's not a boa constrictor believe it or not, but the Asiatic Reticulated Python. These pythons are the largest snakes in Asia and they can measure up to 6 meters (19.7ft) long.
Sharks are a very interesting thing when it comes to size. While some sharks are absolutely massive, some are actually quite small, and despite popular belief, not all are aggressive man-eaters. In fact the biggest sharks only eat plankton like the whale shark that is also the largest living fish period!! The largest whale shark caught off of Pakistan was 41.5 feet long and weighed 28 tons!!
1. Blue Whale
The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed!!
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