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Some may think the largest animal is the heaviest, others the longest, or the tallest. Whichever way you measure size there’s no denying that few animals are absolutely large! Here is a selection of some of the biggest animals on earth.1.Blue WhaleThe Blue whale is the largest animal of all time, reaching a weight of about 180 tonnes (198 US tons) and a length of 30m (98). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant and their hearts as much as a car. Learn how many litres of its mothers milk a baby whale can drink in one day in the Blue Whales section in our Animals A-Z.weight: 140,000 kg (Adult)
African elephants are the worlds largest land animals.The average weight of an animal: 8500 kgMaximum weight of the animal: 13000 kgAverage length of the animal’s body: 6.66 meters
The giraffe is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. The genus currently consists of one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, the type species.The average weight of an animal: 1400 kgMaximum weight of the animal: 2150 kgAverage Height: 4.69 meters
The brown bear is a large bear with the widest distribution of any living ursid. The species is distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America.Height: 70 – 150 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)weight: 80 – 600 kg (Adult)
There’s a reason why the whale shark has the word “whale” in it. After all, it’s an aquatic creature of remarkable size. The whale shark is the largest living fish in the world and the largest living animal that isn’t a cetacean. It has a reported length of 36 feet and can weigh up to 41,000 pounds, but some can actually grow bigger than that. Yet despite the whale shark’s enormous size, which would allow it to easily rule over the seas and choose any prey it likes, the whale shark is instead a filter feeder. It feeds on plankton and any other small fish that just happen to get caught in its gaping, wide mouth. Whale sharks are actually pretty gentle creatures and some of them will give lucky swimmers a ride.weight: 41,000 pounds
The saltwater crocodile, also known as the estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, marine crocodile, sea crocodile or informally as saltie, is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest riparian predator in the world.weight: Male: 400 – 1,000 kg (Adult), Female: 80 – 100 kg (Adult)
The Ostrich is the largest living bird, with a height of 2.7m (9) and weighing in at 156 kg (344lbs).Learn how ostriches manage without teeth in our Animals A-Z section!weight: Male: 156 kg (East African race), Female: 100 kg (East African race)Height: Male: 2.1 – 2.8 m (Adult), Female: 1.7 – 2 m (Adult)
The Chinese giant salamander is the largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world, reaching a length of 180 cm, although it rarely reaches that size today. It is fully aquatic and is endemic to rocky mountain streams and lakes in China.weight: 25 – 30 kg (Adult)
The Goliath beetles are any of the five species in the genus Goliathus. Goliath beetles are among the largest insects on Earth, if measured in terms of size, bulk and weight. They are members of subfamily Cetoniinae, within the family Scarabaeidae.
Camels were domesticated more than 3,000 years ago, and to this day, humans depend on them for transport across arid environments. They can easily carry an extra 200 pounds (90 kilograms) while walking 20 miles (32 kilometers) a day in the harsh desert. Camels can travel as fast as horses but can also endure legendary periods of time without food or water. Humans have used camels for their wool, milk, meat, leather, and even dung, which can be used for fuel.weight: Dromedary: 400 – 600 kg, Bactrian camel: 480 kg
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