#1 The Blue Whale
The blue whale is a marine mammal. It can grow up to 98 feet long and can weigh up to 200 tons. It is the largest animal to have ever existed if you don’t count prehistoric animals. It is so large that even its tongue can weigh up to 5,952 pounds. This is the size of the average elephant. It has the largest heart of any animal to have ever existed, at 1,300 pounds. This is the same size and weight as a mini-cooper. In order to consume it necessary calorie intake, it must eat up to 40 million krill every day.
#2 The African Bush Elephant
The African Bust Elephant is the largest animals in the world that live on land. The average male can grow up to 24.6 inches long and 10.8 feet tall at the shoulder. It is extremely heavy, weighing 13,000 pounds. The female is much smaller and can grow up to 22 inches long and 9 inches tall. She can weight up to 6,600 pounds. This animal does not need to worry about any natural predators due to is amazing size. The babies, however, need to stay close to their parents. Because they are vulnerable to being attacked by crocodiles and lions. Very rarely the newborns can fall prey to hyenas and leopards.
#3 The Giraffe
The giraffe is the tallest land animal in the world. This animal can grow to be a shocking 16 to 20 feet tall and the males can weigh up to 3,5000 pounds and the females can weigh up to 1,800 pounds. It is the giraffe’s neck that makes it so tall, as it makes up for half of the animal’s height. The neck can grow up to 6 feet, 7 inches long. Their incredible height makes it possible for the giraffe to feed off of the top of the trees. The giraffe is an amazing creature.
#4 The Southern Elephant Seal
The Southern Elephant seal is the largest carnivore alive today. The male seal can grow up to six times larger than its female counterpart. The females can grow up to 2,000 pounds and can grow to be 9.8 feet long. The males can weigh up to 8,800 pounds and can grow up to 19 feet long. The largest Southern Elephant seal ever spotted was found in Possession Bay in South Georgia. It was 22.5 feet long and weighs an estimated 11,000 pounds. It feeds on squid and fish. It dives down up to 3,300 feet under the water over and over again for about 20 minutes while it feeds.
#5 The Polar and Kodiak Bears
These bears are one of the largest living land carnivores. The two bears have similar body types and they are almost the same size and weight. These bears can grow up to 10 feet at shoulder height. They can weigh up to 2,500 pounds. Considering their amazing size, you would not want to run into one of these animals on a camping trip.
#6 Saltwater Crocodile
The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world. It is often found in Northern Australia, on the eastern coast of India, and in Southeast Asia. The male can grow up to 20 feet long and can weigh 2,200 pounds. This animal is a very opportunistic predator. This means that he will eat any animal that enters his territory, whether his is on the land or on the sea. He is one of the most dangerous creatures on Earth.
#7 The Chinese Giant Salamander
The giant Chinese salamander is the largest amphibian in the world. This salamander can grow up to 6 feet long. It is often found in China, near the rocky, mountain streams. This creature is considered to be critically endangered due to the pollution in the water and the habitat loss. Even though it is critically endangered, people are still capturing and killing this salamander to use it as a delicacy and in traditional Chinese medicine.
#8 The Flemish Giant
The Flemish Giant is the largest rabbit in the world. It is an old breed of domesticated rabbits, they originated in the Flemish region, which is where it got its name. These rabbits can grow to be over 28 pounds, which is larger than many dogs. This breed of rabbit eats the same diet as every other domesticated breed, however, if you are planning to adopt one of these rabbits as a pet, you better be ready to spend a lot of money on food.
#9 Clifford the Big Black Dog
This is one of the largest dogs in existence. He got his name from the Clifford the Big Red Dog book and cartoon series. When lying down, he is still taller than the average woman. He looks like a horse, but much bigger. If you were ever looking to get a guard dog, this would be the one that you want.
#10 The Capybara
This is the largest living rodent in the world. It is native to the tropical and warmer areas of South America, east of the Andes. When they are full grown, they can be 4.9 feet long. They can grow up to 3 feet tall at the shoulder. What is most amazing is the weight of this animal, which can be up to 232 pounds. They are very social animals, and often travel in packs as large as 100 and as small as 10 to 20.