You’re about to see 25 of the largest animals on this world! Some of them, you’ll recognize, but what you may not have realized is how incredibly BIG these animals are. For this list, we are going to rank animals from different categories such as mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects etc. From a frog weighing as much as a human baby to a spider the size of a dinner plate, these are 25 largest animals in the world.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Growing up to 2.13 m (7 ft) long and exceeding 900 kg (2,000 lb), the Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest reptile behind three crocodilians. Once prevalent in every ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic, the leatherback, whose evolutionary roots date back to more than 100 million years, is now a threatened species.
If you’ve ever wondered which is the biggest bird in the world you’ve found your answer. The largest and heaviest living bird, the Common Ostrich can be up to 2.7 m (9 ft) high and weigh in up to 160 kg (350 lb). It is a flightless bird but it has unusually massive and powerful legs that allow it to run as fast as 65 km/h (40 mph). Ostriches are primarily herbivores but can on occasion eat insects.
Tasmanian Giant Crab
Weighing in up to 17.6 kg (30 lb) with a carapace width of up to 46 cm (18 in), the Tasmanian Giant Crab is considered the largest and heaviest species of crab in the world. Found along Australia’s southern coastline, from New South Wales to Western Australia, the crab is very long-lived and slow-growing, making it vulnerable to overfishing.
Also known as the black vulture, monk vulture, or Eurasian black vulture, the Cinereous Vulture is sometimes considered the world´s largest bird of prey. This giant raptor can be up to 120 cm (47 in) long with a wingspan of up to 3 m (120 in) and a weight of up to 14 kg (31 lb). Nesting high in trees and on remote cliffs, the bird can fly as high as in the upper troposphere.
Giant Huntsman Spider
With a terrifying leg span of up to 30 cm (12 in), the Giant Huntsman Spider is the world´s largest spider (at least by leg span). Besides their enormous size, these fast spiders are also famous for their unique way of catching prey – instead of building webs, they hunt down their prey (hence their common name).