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The Largest Living Animals On Earth Part 1

Updated on January 24, 2013

Top 10 Largest Animals Still Living Today!

When we see an ant crawling past us on the table, we would laugh at its puny size and be so proud of our own size!

But then there are many other HUGE animals out there who would laugh at our puny size as well!

Check out this list of the 10 most HUMONGOUS animals on the planet and you might wanna think again of our size!

[ Photo courtesy of http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/09/10... ]

1. The Largest Fish - The Whale Shark

Whale Shark
Whale Shark

Image courtesy of http://animals.nationalgeographic.com

Length: ~13 meters

Weight: ~36,000 kg

Yes, this is a shark; not a whale! And since sharks are strictly fish and whale shark being the largest living shark, thus it is effectively the largest fish alive in the world!

Despite its HUGE size, the Whale Shark is harmless towards humans because it is filter feeder. This means it only feed on plankton, tiny microscopic animals and plants, and sometimes on a school of small fish. Anything bigger, it ain't interested, don't worry.

Check out on the Whale Shark in my featured lens, 15 Sharks You Gotta Know!

1. Whale Shark Video

2. The Largest Freshwater Fish - The Chinese Sturgeon

Sturgeon
Sturgeon

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Length: ~ 5 meters

Weight: ~Half a tonne = ~500kg

The sturgeon is the common name that is used for the 26 species of fish in the family Acipenseridae. The largest ever recorded is the Beluga sturgeon, weighing at 1,476 kg and 7.2 m in length!

Some other competitors to the "Largest Freshwater Fish" title are the Arapaima and the Mekong Giant Catfish, both recording lengths of around 3-5 meters!

3. The Largest Amphibian - The Chinese Giant Salamander

Dr. Brady Barr with a Giant Salamander!
Dr. Brady Barr with a Giant Salamander!

Image credit: http://frogsaregreen.com/2347/giant-salamander-ear...

Length: ~1.8 meters

Weight: Up to 65kg!

The Chinese Giant Salamander is the largest salamander, as well as the largest amphibian in the world! The second largest would be the The Japanese Giant Salamander which length is recorded at around 1.5 meters.

4. The Largest Reptile - The Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile
Saltwater Crocodile

Image courtesy of http://www.skitzone.com/2010/australian-saltwater-...

Males can reach >5 meters and >1000kg!

Scientific Name: Crocodylus porosus

This is the largest species of crocodiles and of all reptiles alive today. And it's distribution around the world is quite widespread! So watch where you're going when you're walking in the swamps!

4. Saltwater Crocodile Video

5. The Largest Snake - The Green Anaconda

The Green Anaconda
The Green Anaconda

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Scientific Name: Eunectes murinus

From Wikipedia - "Although the reticulated python is longer, the anaconda is the heaviest snake. The longest (and heaviest) scientifically recorded specimen was a female measuring 521 cm (17 ft 1 in) long and weighing 97.5 kilograms (215 lb)."

Other HUGE snakes include - Rock Python, the King Cobra and the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake.

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Remember to click on each of the photos to find out more about all these amazing animals!

6. The Largest Lizard - The Komodo Dragon

The Komodo Dragon
The Komodo Dragon

Image courtesy of http://animals.nationalgeographic.com

Length: ~3meters

Weight: ~70kg

Scientific Name: Varanus komodoensis

The word "Dragon" in its name suits the animal perfectly, since it is the largest lizard alive today! Growing up to 3 meters, these huge creatures are only found on the Komodo Islands of Indonesia.

And do you know that their mouths are packed with millions of bacteria? Once a prey is bitten by the Dragon, the bacteria from the bite would slowly but surely kill the prey. Then, the Dragons would feast on it without the need to chase it down like the big cats.

7. The Largest Bird - The Ostrich

The Ostrich
The Ostrich

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Height: ~3m

Weight: ~150kg

The ostrich is the largest living bird and it lays the largest egg today! Its muscular legs could enable it to run up to an amazing speed of 70 km/hour! Which means it can easily outrun a man so you better not infuriate an ostrich!

8. The Largest Terrestrial Mammal - The African Bush Elephant

The African Elephant
The African Elephant

Image courtesy of http://animals.nationalgeographic.com

From Wikipedia - "The African Elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal, normally reaching 6 to 7.3 metres (19.7 to 24.0 ft) in length and 3.5 to 4 metres (11.5 to 13.1 ft) in height at the head, and weighing between 6,000 to 9,000 kg (13,000 to 20,000 lb)."

Other elephants include the African Savannah Elephant and the Asian Elephant. The Asian Elephant is also featured in my featured lens, Animals of the National Zoo of Malaysia, go check it out!

8. African Elephant Video

9. The Largest Invertebrate - The Giant Squid

The Giant Squid
The Giant Squid

Image courtesy of http://animals.nationalgeographic.com

From Wikipedia - "Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size: recent estimates put the maximum size at 13 metres (43 ft) for females and 10 metres (33 ft) for males from caudal fin to the tip of the two long tentacles"

However, there is another species of squid that is estimated to be larger than the Giant Squid. The name is the Colossal Squid. However, data about this squid is not enough. Most of the estimation comes from beaks collected from the stomach of Sperm Whales. Thus it is rather safe to say that the Giant Squid is, for now, the Largest Living Invertebrate.

10. And Finally... The Largest of Them All... - The Blue Whale!

Blue Whale
Blue Whale

Image courtesy of http://atk887.blogspot.com/2011/04/blue-whale.html

Length: ~30 meters

Weight: ~180,000 kg

The Blue Whale is simply the largest organism that has ever lived on the planet! No fossil found so far has beaten this behemoth, thus making it the largest organism of all time! What a sight to behold...

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      georgeadri69 5 years ago

      Awesome lens.

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      A RovingReporter 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I learnt a lot.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I like the saltwater croc.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i like sturgeon because i love caviar. i also like to eat grilled squids. thank you for sharing this nature lens.

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thanks a million! Glad you enjoyed them!

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      @anilsaini: Thank you!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Awesome info. Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoyed learning about these amazing animals.

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      pictures are amazing

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @Monika Weise: Thanks, glad you like it ;)

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @ideadesigns: Yea, whales are very lovable indeed. So are the salamander perhaps? :P Glad you enjoy my lens!

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @laki2lav: Glad you like them!

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @HorseAndPony LM: Thanks for visiting too, H&P. ;)

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @JennySui: Thank you jenny. Glad you've enjoyed them ;)

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      HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

      This is great. They are all amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @anonymous: well, so far none of the fossils from the past has found to be bigger than the blue whale! So that would make it, by far, the largest animal ever lived, to date. ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is an awesome lens with some fantastic facts! However I do have my doubts on "The Blue Whale is simply the largest organism that has ever lived on the planet!". This statement may hold water in our current scenario, but there were behemoths before which were.... :)

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens with fantastic pictures.

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      laki2lav 6 years ago

      awesome photos

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      These animals are so huge. I love to watch the whales. That is one big salamander. Fun lens thanks :)

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      Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Very nice job! I really enjoyed this lens.