21+ Of The World’s Biggest Animals
Just how big can an animal get? You might be surprised. We’ve got a collection of the most gigantic cats, rabbits, fish and snails to be found on the planet. Prepare to be stunned.
1 That’s some pig! Weighing in at nearly a ton at 1,984 lbs, this stuffed pig can be found at the Liaoning Provincial Agricultural Museum. It lived to be just five years old. He certainly enjoyed eating!
2 The size of the Easter Bunny! Flemish rabbits were bred in Europe during 1500’s to provide an easy-to-raise food source. You can still find these big boys today, though usually in a hutch, not the stew pot.
3 Are you afraid of a fish? If you lived in China, you might worry about the Mekong catfish which can grow up to 10 1/2 feet long. Used in traditional Thai dishes, they have been overfished and are now on the endangered species list.
4 So fluffy! This feline isn’t a special species of cat. He’s known as a Ragdoll, which are known for their docile nature and silky soft, long fur. Big-boned, they can weigh up to 20 pounds, almost doubling the size of your average house cat.
5 What a handsome horse! The Percheron is a breed from the draft horse category. These muscular beasts were bred to be able to pull heavy carts, plow fields and provide horsepower for construction sites. This beautiful black example stands almost 19 feet tall!
6 It’s a Stingray! Normally we see these seacreatures “flying” through the crystal clear waters of tropical oceans. In Indochina you can find them in muddy rivers. They hunt smaller fish and eat eels and snakes.
7 Is it Dracula? No. This brown furred flying creature is known as a Great Flying Fox and it never drinks blood, living on fruits and nuts for the most part. The largest one was measured at 4′ 11″ tall–almost as tall as an adult human.
8 Moooo! Now, there’s a whole lot of beef. Chilli lives in England at an animal sanctuary and is simply an ordinary bovine with a few extra inches on his person. Guesstimates have him weighing in at about 2,750 pounds, but the scales at the farm don’t go that high.
9 It’s a Coconut Crab. These crustaceans belong to the same family as lobsters, but it’s not their shell you hear cracking. Coconut crabs like to crush coconuts which can be the size of a football and eat the soft, sweet flesh inside the fruits. You wouldn’t want to lose your hand to those claws!
10 The Nomura Jellyfish is for real and weighs several hundred pounds out of the water. Now you know why sailors spoke of sea monsters able to eat men whole. Because they really exist!
11 You won’t find this under your downspout! Yes, it’s a salamander, just like the ones found around your back yard. It’s just six feet long! Found in China, their numbers are dwindling due to loss of their native habitats. They like to live in small streams and eat insects and fish.
12 It’s a whale! No, a shark! No…it’s a Whale Shark! And one of the gentle giants of the ocean. These sea monsters can grow to fifty-feet long, yet don’t have large teeth needed to eat big prey–like other fish or people. They get along eating plankton by sifting it through their curious gigantic mouths.
13 The Cinereous Vulture. Like the smaller versions we see at home, this bird with a wingspan of up to 10 feet spends most of its time looking for dead and dying creatures. Living in eastern Europe and Asia, this bird stays alive by cleaning up what other predators leave behind.
14 Truly a Titan The Titan Longhorn beetle is not found in North America, thank goodness! It lives in South America. Growing to over 6 1/2 inches long, it can cut small branches and little fingers in two with its front mandibles. Curiously, the adults don’t eat anything but simply search for a mate.
15 It’s a very pretty shell. You don’t have to go to the beach to collect these. The African Giant Snail lives in urban areas. Also known as the Tiger Snail due to its colorful exterior. Tourists like to take them home, which is a problem as the snail is invasive and causes ecological harm in new habitats.
16 Get out your crackers! Look at all the 41 pounds of crab yumminess! Japanese Spider Crabs are very popular as a main course in the island nation and anywhere their white flesh can be obtained.
17 Call the Cops! Oarfish can grow up to lengths of 56 feet, yet are rarely seen in the ocean. They are most often found washed up dead on the shore where beach-goers often identify them as a sea monster or alien when they call the authorities.
18 The Blue Whale is the largest animal on Earth. 98 feet long. 420,000 pounds. It is easily larger than many boats. Wow.
19 The Maine Coon Cat is nothing but a big, fluffy kitty cat. Over time they have been bred to reach sizes of up to 25 pounds. They earned their name as in the dark their silhouette looks a lot like a rummaging raccoon.
20 G’day Brutus! This is a saltwater crocodile name Brutus, who enjoys snacking on buffalo meat provided by tourist boats. What else would fit into that mouth?
21 The Great Dane: Gentle George, standing at 43 inches tall, who do you think he shared a bed with?