25 Largest Animals In The World

You’re about to see 25 of the largest animals on this world! Some of them, you’ll recognize, but what you may not have realized is how incredibly BIG these animals are. For this list, we are going to rank animals from different categories such as mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects etc. From a frog weighing as much as a human baby to a spider the size of a dinner plate, these are 25 largest animals in the world.


Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile Source: nationalgeographic.com, ourplnt.com, Livescience.com

Native to brackish and freshwater regions of Eastern India, Southeast Asia, and Northern Australia, the Saltwater Crocodile is the world´s largest reptile. The average size for a male is about 5.2 m (17 ft) and 450 kg (992.08 lbs). However, there have been unconfirmed reports of a crocodile in India reaching 7 m (23 ft) long with an estimated weight of 2,000 kg (4,409.25 lbs). The largest confirmed crocodile however, was a crocodile named Lolong which was estimated to be 50 years old, measured 6.17 m (20.24 ft), and weighed 1,075 kg (2.370 lbs).


Whale Shark

Whale SharkSource: nationalgeographic.com, sharks-world.com

Reaching lengths of over 12 m (40 ft) and weights of over 21 tons, the Whale Shark is the world´s largest fish. However, despite its formidable name and size, this marine giant is a filter feeder – in order to eat, it juts out its enormous jaws and passively filters everything in its path. The largest recorded whale shark was measured at 12.65 m (41.5 ft).


Lion´s Mane Jellyfish

Lion´s Mane JellyfishSource: oceana.org

Also known as the giant jellyfish, the Lion´s Mane Jellyfish is the largest known species of jellyfish. Inhabiting cold waters of the Arctic and North Pacific Ocean, this curious marine creature can reach impressive sizes – its tentacles can be up to 58 m (190 ft) long and the bell diameter almost 2.13 m (7 ft) wide.


African Bush Elephant

African Bush ElephantSource: nature.org

Reaching up to 7.3 m (24 ft) in length, 3.96 m (13 ft) in height and weighing up to 11 tons, the African Bush Elephant is the world´s largest land animal. Found in African savannas, the elephants are herbivores and need to eat about 160 kg (350 lb) of vegetation daily. This animal also has the longest gestation period of all mammals – 22 months.


Goliath Beetle

Goliath BeetleSource: amentsoc.org

Native to tropical regions of Africa, the Goliath Beetles are some of the largest insects in the world both as adults and larvae. It is thought that these bugs are the heaviest of all the known insects. Their larvae can weigh in as much as 100 g (3.5 oz) and the adults can reach 12 cm (4.7 in) in length.

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