The earth was once the land of giants, and it still is to some extent. To this day, massive creatures exist on earth, and although they aren’t dinosaurs, it doesn’t make them any less cool. Also, this isn’t a ranking video of the largest, if I made it that way the list would be overrun with whales, but let’s rather look at the biggest members of a few animal species on earth.
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With that said, let’s start off with the largest insect on earth, capping it off with the biggest animal to have ever existed, here are 10 of the biggest animals in the world. The 10 Biggest Animals In The World.
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The Goliath Beetle
Based on weight and bulk, Goliath beetles are strong contenders for the title of largest insects on Earth. Native to Africa, males of these species can grow to over 4 inches, and can weigh as much as 100 grams in their larval stage.
They typically don’t move much in the mornings when it is cool and stay in a lethargic state. But once they are warmed by the sun, they become more active. They’ll fly away when they are frightened.
Though they are believed to be primarily vegetarian in the wild, they have shown a voracious appetite for protein in captivity, and captive beetles are often fed dog and cat food.
Out in the wild, Goliath beetles eat different types of plant material, fruit, dung and remaining of dead animals. They are an intricate part of the food chain, eliminating decaying matter of both plant and animal origin.
Think of them as the burly garbage men of the insect world. They are also one of the oldest species of insect in the world. They have been feeding on Earth’s detritus for over 300 million years now, and there’s no sign of them ever dying down.
The Chinese Giant Salamander
The Chinese giant salamander does not fit the traditional definition of “cute”, but they do have quite a fan base. Growing to nearly six feet long and weighing roughly 140 pounds, the flabby creatures are the largest amphibians in the world.
Their beady, lidless eyes peer out from broad, flat heads with blunt snouts, and their mud-colored bodies have short limbs and long tails. The species’ slimy skin is not pleasant to pet, either.
Previously thought to be only one specie, it has been recently discovered that there are actually roughly half a dozen species of Chinese giant salamander. During this study, scientists fully expected to find probably two or even three species of the amphibian.
After all, finding out that there are actually more species of an animal that previously thought isn’t that rare, like in the case of the Mata Mata turtle, an animal featured in one of our previous videos. What blew their minds is the fact that there are at least 5 species of the salamander, and that’s what blew their minds.
However, humans might have already driven some of those species toward extinction. In their endemic habitat of rocky mountain streams and lakes in China, the critically endangered salamanders are threatened by poaching and human intervention.
The Ostrich is the largest living bird, with a height of 9 feet and weight of 344 pounds and at 1.9 inches in size, their eyes are the largest of all birds. They don’t have teeth and can survive without water for days as they can make their own water internally and extract the rest from the vegetation they eat!
And mainly due to its spindly, awkward appearance, we sometimes forgot just how strong these birds are. But the fact is, this flightless bird’s legs are immensely strong. Strong enough to propel the bird’s 300 plus pound frame up to 40 miles per hour.
And being flightless birds, they needed to learn how to fight unless they want to become easy meals for any predator. And with their wings pretty much useless, ostriches fight with their feet.
Their kicks are so powerful that according to the American Ostrich Association, one solid front kick from an ostrich can instantly kill a full grown lion.
The Saltwater Crocodile
The largest living reptile is the Saltwater Crocodile, growing to an average length of 17 feet, although they can reach 21 feet in length and weigh upwards of 1000 pounds.
They are distributed widely in brackish and salt waters in parts of India, Asia and Australia and feed on all animals they can get their teeth in to, which includes sharks if they get the chance. In other words, they sit pretty much on top of the food chain.
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