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The Largest Living Animals On Earth Part 2

Updated on May 4, 2016

The Other Large Animals...

After we've seen some very large animals in my previous lens, I thought of making another lens as a follow-up because, well, there are still so many large animals alive out there!

So in this second lens of mine, you can see and read about a list of the other large animals still alive today that were not mentioned in my first lens. Check them out right here!

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1. Largest Terrestrial Carnivore - The Polar Bear

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

Image courtesy of http://a-z-animals.com/blog/polar-bears-the-animal...

The Polar Bear is the largest land carnivore. It weighs from 400 - 700kg and its length is about 2-2.5 meters. Most of the time, Polar Bears hunt for seals by stalking at ice edges or breathing holes. They are also known to be opportunistic scavengers when opportunity presents itself.

The Grizzly Bear is approximately the same length but weigh a bit less. It's one of the two largest bears (along with polar bear) but it is definitely not a carnivore; it's an omnivore. Thus, this title solely belongs to the Polar Bear!

2. Largest Flying Bird - Andean Condor

The Andean Condor
The Andean Condor

Image courtesy of http://www.itsnature.org/air/birds-air/andean-cond...

Height: 4 ft (1.2 m)

Wingspan: up to 10.5 ft (3.2 m)

Weight: up to 33 lbs (15 kg)

The other contenders to the title are the California Condor and the Peafowl!

Yes, the peafowl can fly! Have a look at the beautifully colored peafowl at my lens, The Most Colorful Animals

2. Andean Condor Video - Meet the worlds biggest flying bird, the Andean Condor

3. Largest Marsupial - The Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo
Red Kangaroo

Height: 1.6 meters

Weight: 90kg

What's a Marsupial?

From Wikipedia: "Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals, characterized by giving birth to relatively undeveloped young. Close to 70% of the 334 extant species occur in Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands, with the remaining 100 found in the Americas, primarily in South America, but with thirteen in Central America, and one in North America, north of Mexico."

The red kangaroo is the world's largest marsupial still alive today!

4. Largest Dolphin - The Killer Whale a.k.a. Orca

Orca
Orca

Image courtesy of http://www.free-desktop-backgrounds.net/Animals-wa...

Hello? Largest DOLPHIN... Why give me a killer WHALE?

Well, the truth is - despite the name, the Killer Whale is indeed a DOLPHIN, not a WHALE!

It belongs to the oceanic dolphin family of cetaceans called Delphinidae.

Length: 7-9 meters

Weight: Up to 6 tonnes!

5. Largest Primate - The Gorilla

The Gorilla
The Gorilla

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

Do you know that there are 4 subspecies of gorillas? They are the Mountain Gorillas, the Eastern Lowland Gorillas, the Western Lowland Gorillas and the Cross River Gorillas.

Most of the time they are divided into 2 types, Eastern and Western or Lowland and Mountain.

After the chimpanzee, the gorillas are the closest relative to us human, sharing 95-99% of genes! (depending on what is counted)

Basically a Mountain Gorilla stands at 4 to 6 ft (1.2 to 1.8 m) and weighs at about 300 to 485 lbs (135 to 220 kg)

6. Largest Tortoise - The Galapagos Tortoise

The Galapagos Tortoise
The Galapagos Tortoise

The Galapagos Tortoise is the largest tortoise in the world, about 1.5 meters long and weighing about 300kg! And it is one of the longest-lived animals in the world with a life span of more than 100 years and nearing 200 years in the wild.

The second largest tortoise in the world would be the Aldabra Tortoise, weighing up to 250kg! It's featured in my lens, The Animals of The National Zoo of Malaysia, check it out!

7. Largest Turtle - The Leatherback Turtle

The Leatherback Turtle
The Leatherback Turtle

Image courtesy of http://carlsafina.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/safi...

Length: 2 meters

Weight: ~900kg!

From Wikipedia: "The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is the largest of all living sea turtles and the fourth largest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelys. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh."

8. Largest Cat - The Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tigers
Siberian Tigers

Image courtesy of http://www.tiger-wallpapers.com/Siberian-Tigers/si...

Tigers are the largest species of the Big Cats (Genus Panthera). And among the tigers, the subspecies Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is the world's largest tiger! What follows is the stats of the Siberian Tiger

Length: ~3.3 meters

Weight: ~300kg!

Other subspecies include the Bengal Tigers, the Indochinese Tigers, the Malayan Tigers, the Sumatran Tigers and the South China Tigers.

Have a look at the Amazing Tiger at my featured lens, Top 5 Solitary Predators!

9. Largest Predatory Shark - The Great White Shark

The Great White Shark
The Great White Shark

Image courtesy of Wikimedia

The Great White Shark made famous (or rather infamous) by the Jaws films by Steven Spielberg is the largest predatory shark, which means it is actively hunting its food at high speed.

Length: ~6 meters

Weight: More than 2000kg

There are bigger sharks, which are the Pacific Sleeper Sharks, the Greenland Sharks and the Southern Sleeper Sharks that could reach 7 meters in length. But these sharks moves more slowly than the Great White and they hunt in the Ocean Depths. Great Whites hunt in the open ocean so beware!

Other large sharks include the Basking Shark (~10 meters) and the Whale Shark (~13 meters). However, these sharks are harmless to human because they are only filter feeders.

10. Largest Arthropod - The Japanese Spider Crab

The Japanese Spider Crab
The Japanese Spider Crab

Image courtesy of http://thenaturegeek.blogspot.com/2011/10/its-alwa...

What's an Arthropod?

From Wikipedia: "An arthropod is an invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton (external skeleton), a segmented body, and jointed appendages. Arthropods are members of the phylum Arthropoda and include the insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and others.

The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching 3.8 metres (12 ft) from claw to claw. The body may grow to a size of 40 centimetres or 16 inches (carapace width) and the whole crab can weigh up to 41 pounds (19 kg)."

POLL - Vote for Your Favourite!

Of the 10 I've mentioned, which is your favourite?

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And don't forget to Like my lens if you've enjoyed it! Thanks!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      First time I got a perfect score on a test. Great lens

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens with beautiful pics. I too was amazed at the size of the leatherback turtle. Didn't realize they got so big.

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      Vortrek Grafix 5 years ago

      Wow! Didn't realize leatherneck turtles were so huge. And the size of that Japanese spider crab is surreal. Cool topic.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Yea, me too, they're my favorite animal!

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      @gatornic15: So which one did you vote for?

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I have always found gorillas fascinating, but I do also like the great white.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i like orca because it does not kill people although orca is also called killer whale. thank you for sharing.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      The pictures are amazing.

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      Natalie W Schorr 5 years ago

      Beautifully illustrated and very informative!

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      @greenspirit: Well, I did. Thanks! (winks)

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Lovely idea, but you do need to check copyright permissions AND give proper credit to all your pics.

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      @dom2: I guess it's a pretty common picture, ain't it? lol

      Nevertheless, it's a pretty awesome picture! ;)

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      galapagostours 5 years ago

      Very informative lens!!

      Have you ever heard of Tripfilms? We've uploaded some great videos of Galapagos Animals including footage of Green Sea Turtles, Hammerhead Sharks, Land Iguana, Dolphins & more!

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      dom2 5 years ago

      Pretty good! But I noticed you have a picture I used..

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens! Keep up the good work! Thumbs up

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      cool lens! tigers are fantastic!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very cool, the crab spider was the weirdest that I've seen and didn't know about some of this stuff, liked so much that I gave you a 'thumbs up' because you've deserved it!

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @anilsaini: Thanks!

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice....good lens

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @anonymous: glad you like them! ;)

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      @FanfrelucheHubs: That's a very good experience indeed!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I have seen up close an Andean Condor in a bird show (at the famous Beauval zoo in France) and it is VERY impressing to have that huge bird flyer right over your head.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Another great lens with some awesome facts... all the critters here are simply awesome and astounding!