What makes Earth special is the number of different species that coexist on the planet.
We have some of the tiniest creatures, microorganisms living next to and feeding of the largest animal species currently in existence.
If you’re as curious as we were to know more about the biggest and baddest animals out there continue reading. Today we list our favorite 14 largest animals in the world.
The Largest Animals In The World
1) The Biggest Animal Ever – The Blue Whale
Weighing in at more than 180 tons, the blue whale is by far the largest animal in the world. It can even grow up to a height of 30 meters. Everything about the blue whale is massive.
It’s tongue in itself weighs as much as an Asian Elephant and it has a heart the size of a small car.
Although massive, the blue whale is gentle creature only feeding on krill. An adult blue whale can require on an average 1.5 million calories a day and has to consume 40 million krill just to meet its daily requirement.
2) Largest Land Animal – African Bush Elephant
A healthy male bush elephant can easily tower over a human with an average height of over 3.5 meters.
It can weigh as much as 6 tons and from trunk to tail can be 7.5 meters in length. The largest land animal has no natural predators when it is fully grown however, the calves come under attack from Lions and Crocodile.
3) Tallest Animal On Earth – The Giraffe
A fully grown male giraffe can be as tall as 6 meters. With an average weight of 1.6 tonnes, the giraffe is also quite heavy for its slender body.
A pure herbivore, the giraffe usually snacks on the delicious fresh leaves on the top of the trees. A giraffes neck (which can grow to 2 meters in length), accounts for almost half the animals height.
4) Biggest Carnivore Right Now – The Southern Elephant Seal
The male seals are referred to as bulls and can grow twice the size of their female counterparts.
A healthy male bull can weigh in at 4 tonnes on average and can grow as long as 6 meters long.
The southern elephant seal mostly feasts on squids, fish, and other smaller aquatic animals. They can hold their breath for more than 25 minutes at a time while the hunt in depths of over 500 meters.
5) Biggest Land Carnivore – Polar and Kodiak Bears
Since they come from the same subspecies it is hard to tell which one is definitely larger.
Both of them have similar physical attributes with adults measuring 1.6 meters in height and more than 3 meters in length.
The heaviest bears recorded were more than a ton, but on an average, they weigh between 700 to 900 kgs.
6) Largest Reptile – Saltwater Crocodile
The largest living reptile is the saltwater crocodile found in places such as Nothern Australia, India and Southeast Asia.
They are not fierce hunters as much as they are opportunistic hunters snatching up animals that come to have a drink by their pool. They can submerge themselves completely underwater with only their nostrils and eyes above the surface.
7) Largest Amphibian – Chinese Giant Salamander
The largest salamander and the largest amphibian in the world, the Chinese giant salamander can grow up to 6 feet in length.
Due to it being considered a delicacy in China and also due to its use in traditional medicine in China, the numbers are rapidly declining.
8) Largest Bat – Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox
This endangered species of the fruit bat is native to the rainforests of the Philippines. It is part of the megabat family giving it its tremendous size. They have a wingspan of almost 6 feet and can weigh an astonishing 1.5 kg.
9) Largest Rodent Species – Capybara
These rodent species are found in the temperate forest of South America. An average capybara can easily weigh upwards of a 100kgs.
They make meals for some of the larger predators in the area. Capybaras are social animals and usually live in groups of 15-20 rodents.
10) Heaviest Insect In The World – Goliath Beetle
Weighing in at 115 gms the goliath beetle is huge in the insect kingdom.
It can grow to a length of more than 11 cms. They’re known to be very strong insects capable of carrying weights more than their own body weight.
11) Largest Cephalopod – Colossal Squid
Although their size is normally greatly exaggerated the colossal squid can be quite large. The largest documented colossal squid was 14 meters in length.
These squids also have the largest eyes with each having a diameter of more than 10 inches. Not much is known about them since their sightings are so rare.
12) Biggest Jellyfish – Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
Known as the hair jellyfish or giant jellyfish, the lion’s mane jellyfish is the biggest of their species.
They’re normally found in the colder waters or the Arctic, Atlantic and northern Pacific. The tops of their heads can grow as big as 8 feet with tentacles as long as 130 feet.
13) Heaviest Flying Bird – Dalmatian Pelican
In spite of weighing 15 kgs, the Dalmatian pelicans with a wingspan of 3 meters have no difficulty in flying.
They’re the heaviest natural flyers in the world. They can be found near lakes or swamps in Eastern Europe, India and China.
14) The Largest Snake – The Green Anaconda
Although the movie anaconda might have exaggerated about their size, the green anaconda can be huge. It is a non-venomous species of boa native to South America. It’s definitely one of the biggest species of extant snakes in the world.
Were you surprised by some of the mentions on the list? Did you know them all? Which other large animal species should we have mentioned in our list? We’d love to know your thoughts, shout out in the comments below.