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Indeed, our planet earth is home to a large number of animal species which highly varies from one another in the form of size, weight, living habitat etc. Ranging from the majestic species of giraffe, a polar bear to the gregarious water species of Whale Shark and blue whale, there is a never-ending list to explore some of the amazing creations of mother nature belonging to the animal kingdom. So, here is a list that explains the top 10 biggest animals in the world.

Biggest Animals In The World

1.Blue whale- (Largest Animal On Earth)

The blue whale is the largest mammal in the world and also the largest animal is ever known to have lived on earth. Weighing about 200 tons, the blue whale is a magnificent Marine mammal and the loudest animal on Earth(even louder than a jet engine). Also, the heart of a Blue Whale is about the size of a Volkswagen beetle and it can eat about nearly four tons of krill each day. Moreover, Blue Whale has a very important role in maintaining the overall health of the Marine environment but has been listed as endangered.

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Blue whale
Blue whale

2.African elephant- (Largest Living Land Animal)

The African elephant is the largest and most useful animal walking on the earth. African elephant comprises of two living species naming African bush elephant and the African forest elephant. Also, African elephants are herbivores and are widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa inhabiting the tropical rainforest and arid regions. Moreover, the African elephant’s population has been continuously declining and has been threatened by habitat loss and poaching for the illegal Ivory trade and also has been listed as critically endangered on the IUCN red list.

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African elephant
African elephant

3.Giraffe- (Tallest Living Animal)

The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal on the planet Earth. It is the world’s tallest mammal with a long neck of about 6 feet. Also, they have long legs with patterns of irregular brown patches on the skin. Giraffe is commonly found in grasslands and open Woodlands and is native to Africa particularly in East Africa. Giraffes are gregarious animal species that have excellent eyesight and can live up to 26 years in the wild and slightly longer in captivity.

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Giraffe
Giraffe

4.Saltwater crocodile-(Largest Crocodile Species)

Saltwater crocodiles are deadly Predators and enormous creatures. It is the largest living reptile in the world with a lifespan of about 70 years an average length of 4.5-5 metres. Also, the largest saltwater crocodile ever recorded was about 7m long. Moreover, saltwater crocodiles are one of the most intelligent and sophisticated of all the reptiles. Furthermore, Saltwater crocodiles have a huge range and are native to saltwater habitats and brackish wetlands from India’s East coast across South East Asia and the Sundaic region to Northern Australia and Micronesia.

Saltwater crocodile
Saltwater crocodile

5.Ostrich- (Largest Living Bird)

The ostrich is the heaviest and largest living bird on the Earth and also the species of large flightless bird particularly native to certain large areas of Africa. Earlier, ostriches were known as “camel birds” because of their long neck, prominent eyes, sweeping eyelashes and jolting walk. It is interesting to note that ostriches can tolerate high temperatures and can go without water for a long period of time. Also, its long, thick and powerful legs can cover great distances without much effort. Moreover, Ostriches are particularly native to Africa and are found in Savanna and desert regions.

Ostrich
Ostrich

6.Polar Bear- (Largest Bear Species)

The polar bear is the largest carnivorous land mammals living on the earth. Measuring about 7 to 8 feet long, polar bears are classified as marine mammals because they spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are very attractive and appealing mammals and are also powerful predators that typically do not fear humans. Polar bears are also known as White bears or Ice Bears and are native within the range of the Arctic circles encompassing the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding landmasses.

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

7.Whale Shark- (Largest Living Fish)

Whale Shark is one of the biggest animals in the world and indeed the largest of any fishes ever lived on the planet Earth. It is slow-moving and an enormous fish reaching a maximum length of 18 m. Whale sharks generally feed on plankton and travel great distances to find enough food and sustain their huge size. Also, Whale sharks are commonly found in all the tropical oceans of the world. Moreover, it is a graceful and harmless extended fish species. Also, Whale sharks have an estimated lifespan of about 60 to 100 years.

Whale Shark
Whale Shark

8.Indian rhinoceros- (Largest Asian Rhinoceros)

Also known as One-horned Rhino, Indian rhinoceros are primarily native to India, Pakistan Nepal and Bangladesh. Listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, Indian rhinoceros primarily live in the wild forest of India especially in the grasslands of the Terai, and Brahmaputra river basin across the entire Northern part of the Indian subcontinent. Indian rhinoceros have thick brown skin with pinkish skin folds along with one horn on its snout. It is interesting to note that among the terrestrial land mammals native to Asia, the Indian rhino is the second-largest mammal only just after to Asian elephant.

Indian rhinoceros
Indian rhinoceros

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9.Goliath Beetle- (Largest Insects)

Goliath Beetles are the largest insects on earth in terms of size, bulk and weight and are commonly found in Africa tropical rainforests and also one of the biggest animals in the world. Goliath Beetle is white in colour with bold black lines on its upper part and has brown wings and can grow up to 110mm long. Also, Goliath Beetles are very strong and able to lift a load of around 850 times heavier than their own weight. Adult male Goliath Beetles generally have a Y-Shaped horn on their head (used for fighting). Moreover, females are dark brown and silky white in colour.

Goliath Beetle
Goliath Beetle

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10.Chinese Salamander- Largest Living Amphibian

Chinese Salamander is the largest amphibian in the world and also one of the largest salamanders in the world. This fully aquatic amphibian is endemic to the Rocky mountain streams and lakes in the Yangtze river basin of Central China. Reaching the length of more than 1.8m, it belongs to a small and ancient group of salamanders. Also, the Chinese giant Salamander is largely threatened today mainly because of habitat loss, water pollution, over-harvesting for human consumption in China. As a result of this, the Chinese salamander has been listed as critically endangered by the IUCN Red List.

Chinese Salamander
Chinese Salamander

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These are the largest or biggest animals in the world. Kindly share and do post your comments.

By Amreen Fatima

Amreen fatima is a Nature lover and has taken nature writing hobbyist for years. She also loves feeding and photographing animals of all types.

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