When we think of big animals, the ones that typically come to mind are big mammals like the elephant, giraffe, or whale. But the really fascinating giant animals are those which are huge compared to their species typical size. From 25-foot snakes to terrifying bugs bigger than your hand, we’ve compiled a list of animals so jaw-droppingly huge that you won’t believe that they actually exist.
1. African Goliath Frog
This frog is an African Goliath Frog. There habitat is in Cameroon, Africa and Equatorial Guinea. The monster frog’s typical size is 13 inches long and weight is 7 lbs. It will literally eat everything from worms, insects to other frogs and snakes.
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2. World Record Stingray
A British fisherman caught this world record stingray on the Maeklong River in Thailand. After fighting the fish for an hour and a half, it took 13 men to pull it out of the water. After measuring the weight of 770 pounds and span of 7 feet, the stingray was released unharmed.
3. Big Jake – Tallest Horse
Big Jake is an 11-year-old Belgian gelding that is the world’s tallest horse at just 2 inches shy of 8 feet tall. He weighs 2600 pounds and eats 40 quarts of oats and 1 ½ bales of hay every day.
4. THE BIG PIG
A Chinese farmer raised this pig to an incredible weight of 1,980 pounds. The jumbo hog’s girth was over 7 feet around and the length was over 8 feet. According to the Guiness Book of Records, this pig was still smaller than the world record pig “Big Bill” that weighed 2,546 pounds.
5. Chinese Giant Salamander – Largest Amphibian
The world’s largest amphibian will definitely not win any beauty contests. The Chinese Giant Salamander is 5.9 feet long. They are a rare sight due to being critically endangered, but can be found in China’s mountain lakes and streams.
6. Bismarck Flying Fox – Largest Bat
The largest bat in the world is the Bismarck Flying Fox. Weighing 3.2 lbs, the bat has an over 5 foot wingspan and is native to New Guinea. Despite its scary appearance, the flying fox eats pollen, nectar, flowers, and fruit.
7. Mekong Giant Catfish
This Mekong Giant Catfish was caught in northern Thailand. At 646 lbs and almost 9 ft long, it is considered to be the largest freshwater fish in the world.
8. Zeus – Tallest Dog
A Great Dane named “Zeus” is the tallest dog in the world, at 44 inches tall at the shoulder. When he stands up on his hind legs, he can reach over 7 ft high. Zeus weighs 155 pounds and eats about 30 pounds of dog food per day.
9. Titan Beetle
The Titan beetle is found in the rain forests of South America. It can grow up to 6.5 inches long. The beetles have powerful jaws than can tear human flesh and break pencil-sized sticks in two.
10. Lolong – Largest Saltwater Crocodile Caught
This saltwater crocodile, Lolong, took 100 men over 2 weeks to capture in the Philippines. The crocodile was 21 feet long and killed at least 1 fisherman and terrorized local villagers for over 20 years.
11. Hercules Moth
With a name like “Hercules”, you know this moth has to be really big. In fact, the female moth has a wingspan of over 10 ½ inches. Despite their large size, the moths do not eat but rely on energy from food they ate while a caterpillar. The adult moths live only long enough to mate and lay eggs.
12. Big Cow Chilli
This 6 feet 6 inch high bull goes by the name Big Cow Chilli. Despite his super size frame, his personality is decidedly mellow and friendly. His owners say he is still not finished growing.
13. Giant Weta Cricket – Largest Insect
Who’d have thought that the largest insect in the world would be a cricket? The Giant Weta Cricket, found in New Zealand, weighs as much as a sparrow and can fill a man’s hand.
14. Stewie – Longest Cat
The world’s longest cat is named Stewie and is a Maine Coon breed that lives in Nevada with his owner. He measured an incredible 48.5 inches nose to tail. Before he passed away, Stewie was a registered therapy cat known for his affectionate personality.
15. Japanese Spider Crab
The Japanese Spider Crab has the largest leg span of any crabs, at 12 feet across. It has an average weight of 42 pounds and can live to be over 100 years old. It is considered a delicacy in Japan.
16. Nomura Jellyfish
With a diameter over 6 feet and weighing over 400 pounds, the Nomura Jellyfish can be found in the waters near Japan and China. They are edible and are captured by fishermen for Asian markets.
17. Giant African Land Snail
The Giant African Land Snail is the largest known land snail in the world. One specimen, named Gee Geronimo, weighed 2 pounds and had a foot 15.5 inches long, and a shell length of 10.75 inches. Females can lay 1200 eggs per year, and in their hunger for calcium to build their giant shells, the snails have been known to eat stucco and plaster on houses.
18. Blue Whale
Blue Whale is the not only the largest marine mammal, but it is also the largest animal inhabiting the earth. They are even bigger than the largest known dinosaurs. The largest blue whale ever weighed was close to 190 tons = 380,000 pounds!!
19. Mendusa – Longest Snake In Captivity
The longest snake ever measured in captivity, Medusa is a 25 ft 2 in reticulated python that lives in Kansas City, Missouri. The big girl has quite the appetite to match her size, and enjoys eating rabbits, hogs and deer every 2 weeks.
20. Benedictine – Heaviest Dog
The world’s heaviest dog record was held by Benedictine, who set the record in 1981 at a recorded weight of 357 lbs.
21. Trouble – Tallest Domestic Cat
Measuring 19 inches tall at the shoulder, Trouble is the tallest cat in the world. Not your typical housecat, Trouble is actually a hybrid cross of African wildcat and domesticated cat.
22. Giant Squid
This giant squid was totally out of our radar until a photo was captured back in 2004. This gigantic sea animal can grow up to 43 feet long.
23. Goliath Birdeater Tarantula
Goliath Birdeater Tarantula, which is typically found in northern South America, is the largest spider in the world. It is the largest by mass, which can weigh up to 6.2 ounces. It gets the name “birdeater” because it was portrayed eating a hummingbird in an 18th-century copper piece.
24. Hercules Beetle
Hercules Beetle can weigh up to 3 ounces. It’s named Hercules because of how strong it is. It could lift with its horns up to 850 times its own weight, which is roughly 159 pounds!!
25. Harbor – Longest Ears Dog
The longest ears on a dog belong to a Black and Tan Coonhound named Harbor. Harbor’s left ear measures 12.25 inches and his right ear measures 13.5 inches.
26. Amazonian Giant Centipede
Amazonian giant centipede is the largest centipede in the world. It can grow up to 14 inches long. Typically centipede would eat small bugs or animal remains, but not this giant venomous, carnivorous centipede. Amazonian giant centipede eats small animals like lizards, frogs, birds and mice.
27. Giant Oar Fish
This giant Oar Fish beached itself on a busy beach. The fish was so large it took 10 people to hold it. I’m guessing none of those 10 people decided to go swimming after seeing this big fish come out of the water.
One look at this huge stallion and you can understand why his owners named him Moose. Moose is a Percheron breed supreme world champion. He stands 19 hands high, or 6.3 feet. Percherons are a draft horse breed that are highly muscled and known for their intelligence.
29. George – Largest Great Dane
The Guinness World Record for largest great dane is held by “George”. He weighs 245 lbs and every month he consumes more than 110 lbs of dog food.
30. Hercules – Largest Living Cat
An adult male liger named Hercules is the largest living cat in the world. A liger is the offspring of a male lion and a female tiger. Hercules lives at Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. He weighs over 900 pounds, stands 49 inches tall, and is nearly 11 feet long.
31. Macroptychaster Star Fish
This giant star fish makes its home in the cold Antarctic waters off New Zealand. Amazingly, their typical size when full grown is 2 feet across!
32. Monster Wild Boar
While most boys his age are busy playing video games, 11-year old Alabama resident Jamison Stone bagged himself a wild boar that may be a record. At 1051 pounds and 9 feet 4 inches long, the monster wild boar was killed using a pistol. I can think of one family who won’t need to buy bacon for a while.
33. Longest Anaconda Ever Recorded
While filming the new BBC documentary, Gordon Buchaan with a Waorani tribal family in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle caught a whopping 17-feet-long anaconda. The longest anaconda ever recorded was later released.
34. Largest Goldfish
Did you ever wonder what happens to your goldfish if you flush it down the toilet? Well, one man in Dorset, Britain can tell you. He caught the world record largest goldfish ever at over 2 lbs and 15 inches long, 5 inches wide.
35. Blossom – Tallest Cow
At 6 feet, 2.3 inches tall, this Holstein cow named Blossom dwarfs her owner Patty Meads-Hanson in Orangeville, Illinois. Blossom set a Guiness World Record for tallest living cow.
36. Gary The Capybara
The Capybara is the largest rodent in the world. Gary, shown in the picture above, is a 112-pound capybara that lives with his owners in Texas. Capybaras are related to guinea pigs. Native to South America, they are often hunted as a popular source of meat.
37. Darius – Largest Rabbit
A rabbit named Darius is the Guinness World Record holder for biggest rabbit in the world. Darius is 4 feet 4 inches long and weighs 49 pounds. His daily food intake consists of cabbage, apples, 2 large bowls of rabbit feed, and, last but not least, a dozen carrots. Darius’ mother, Alice, was the previous world record holder for largest rabbit.
38. Coconut Crab
Weighing 9 pounds and up to 3 feet in length, Coconut Crabs get their name from their super ability to crack open coconuts with their claws. They can be found on islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
39. Goliath – Biggest Tortoise
The biggest tortoise ever measured by weight was named Goliath and lived in Florida. Goliath measured 4ft 5 in long by 3 ft 4 in wide by 2 ft 3 in high and weighed 919 lbs. Goliath died in 2002.
40. World’s Largest Carp Caught
The world’s largest carp ever caught on rod and line weighed 265 lbs. The giant fish was caught in Bung Sam Lan Lake in Thailand by a pro fishing guide named “Kik” on July 2, 2007.
41. Field Marshall – Largest Bull
Weighing as much as a mid-size car, a 3500 lbs, a British bull named Field Marshall holds the title of the largest bull in the world. He stands 6 feet 5 inches tall, and is still considered just a teenager. His owner Arthur Duckett says, “He’s got a lot of growth left in him yet.”
42. Hercules – Biggest Dog
The worlds biggest dog by weight is an English Mastiff named Hercules. This Guiness world record holder is owned by John Flynn of Peabody Massachusetts. Hercules weights 282 pounds and has a neck circumference of 38 inches.
43. Cane Toad
The Cane Toad is a large toad that has been imported into many countries as a form of pest control. An unexpected side effect is their ability to completely take over an ecosystem due to their ravenous appetite and poisonous skin. The largest recorded cane toad was 15 inches long and weighed over 5 pounds.
44. Bandit – Fattest Raccoon
Bandit set the Guinness World Records for being the world’s fattest raccoon, weighing up to 75 pounds.
45. Poe the Clydesdale
Owner of Poe, Miss Thompson from Tupperville, Ontario, claims Poe measured at 20.2 hands (80.8 inches) and weighed about 3000 pounds. When Poe has its head raised, it is measured at 10 feet tall. Each day, Poe consumes 75 gallons of water, two bales of hay and 10 pounds of grains.
46. Jackstock – Tallest Donkey
Owned by Cara and Phil Yellott of Red Oak, Texas, Jackstock is the tallest living donkey in the world. He was measured at 5 feet 8 inches tall in February 2013.
Ludo, the 17-month-old house cat, weighs approximately 24.5 pounds. It might get huge if it continues to grow at this rate.
48. Footlocker Rat
Of course there is no such thing as footlocker rat. This giant rat was indeed found at the Footlocker store in the Bronx though.
49. Giant millipede
This giant arthropod has approximately 256 legs. Imagine the sensation of those tiny little legs on your skin. Do you know that millipedes are actually popular invertebrate pets? They are perfectly harmless and have a lifespan of 7 years.
50. Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle
What a cool encounter strolling at the beach!
51. Giant Gippsland Earthworm
One word – Eew!
Norm weighs approximately 1600 pounds and it is measured about 7.5 feet from head to tail.
53. Himmy – Heaviest Cat
The world’s heaviest cat was an Australian housecat named “Himmy”. He weighed an incredible 46.8 lbs. Not surprisingly, in 1986 he died of respiratory problems due to his extreme weight.
54. Giant Flemish Rabbit
Sandy, the giant Flemish rabbit, is just hanging out with her doggy pal.
55. Rupert The Cat
That must be quite a workout lifting that giant cat.
56. Large Lap Dog
A dog that has no idea just how big it really is.
The guys are so calm being next to this 18-feet-long-crocodile!
58. What A Catch!
59. Spa Day!
This giant dog was being pampered with a spa session that took two hours with four bottles of shampoo.
61. Friends Come In All Shapes And Sizes
Gibson, a Harlequin Great Dane, is happily taking a stroll with his little pal.
62. Time For A Walk
What an adorable pair: a big dog walking a pony.
This giant rabbit loves carrots, corn, cucumbers and broccoli. Ralph could eat up to $75 worth of vegetables a week.
64. Beauty And The Beast
This dog totally has the natural look for The Beast!
65. Lady Lover
Don’t be fooled by its look and size. This large pitbull is a super sweet pooch.
66. Trigger The Bull
Trigger the Fresian bull is one of the largest bulls ever measured. He weighs 1.2 tons and is 6.5 feet tall and 14 feet long.
67. What A Huge Dog!
68. Huntsman Spider / Giant Crab Spider
With a leg span of up to 12 inches, this dinner-plate sized arachnid is the largest spider by size in the world. This spider can also run 1 yard per second, which is seriously fast. Amazingly, this spider was only recently discovered in 2001 in a cave in Laos.
69. Don’t Look Back!
70. Giant Husky
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