There was a time when animals were enormous. As humans and other predators began roaming the earth, these behemoths started decreasing from their once colossal sizes. Most of these animals, such as saber-toothed tigers, mammoths, and dinosaurs, have since gone extinct. But not all.
Some freaks of nature are still around. These modern beasts could be strange mutations from their prehistoric larger counterparts. We’ve curated a list of some of the modern beasts among us. Some of them are cute, and others are ugly, but you wouldn’t want to run into most of them.
The Earthworm That’s Bigger Than a Snake
When the photo of this giant earthworm went viral on the internet in December 2013, everyone thought it was fake. But be assured that this earthworm is real. It was discovered by Mickey Grosman after a 5,000-mile trek across South America. He spotted it in the Sumaco National Park.
Grosman picked it up (we’re not sure we would do that, though) but couldn’t identify the type of animal it was. Although the identity of this earthworm hasn’t been clearly stated, some suspect it is a Glossoscolex Giganteaus. Others think it could be a Caecilian – a legless amphibian.
The 3,682-Pound “All Muscle” Bull
Meet the giant bull from England named Field Marshall. The 6’5” beast clocked in at a massive 3,682 pounds in 2009. This was especially significant because he weighed 300 pounds less the year before. His previous owner, 80-year-old Arthur Duckett, told the media, “He’s in very good health….”
“…and there’s no reason why he won’t keep on growing.” He then added that “he’s not fat – he’s all muscle.” Arthur passed away, and Gary Bowden, a farmer, now takes care of him. His young daughter shares a bond with Field Marshall, feeding him bales of hay and cattle cake.
Komodo Dragons Could Well Be Dinosaurs
Many scientists believe giant Komodo dragons evolved directly from dinosaurs. Although it’s not a dinosaur, you can understand how dinosaurs roamed the earth. The species is the largest living lizard and has existed for millions of years. But regardless of its name, the Komodo dragon can’t spit fire or fly.
This doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous since it can take down prey as big as water buffalos. Its length can reach 10 feet, and it weighs up to 300 pounds. The largest Komodo dragon to have been measured was an astounding 10.3 feet in length and 366 pounds.
The World’s Largest Land Carnivore
The Kodiak bear lives on the Kodiak Islands in Alaska. They and the polar bear are the largest land carnivores. The Kodiak bear has a varied diet that changes with the availability of resources, unlike the polar bear, which consumes almost exclusively meat. The Kodiak bear eats fresh vegetation in the spring.
They also consume the remains of animals that died over the previous winter. They continue to consume plants and berries throughout the summer and begin fishing for salmon. The majority of adult bear deaths are due to natural causes, although hunters kill more than 90% of adult male Kodiak bears.
The Largest Animal to Ever Exist
There’s no way we can have a list of giant creatures without talking about the biggest creature to have ever existed and the largest animal in the world. The blue whale is an absolutely beautiful beast. Its long and slender body can reach a length of 98 feet!
It can also weigh up to 190 tons. Their heart alone weighs 400 pounds! Before whaling, their largest population was in the Antarctic, with an average of 239,000. Unfortunately, these majestic creatures now number somewhere around 10,000 to 25,000, putting them at great risk of extinction.
The Giants of the Amazon
The green anaconda is the world’s largest snake and the largest reptile. They can grow to a length of 30 feet and a weight of 550 pounds. Although it is not the biggest snake in terms of length, its size is considered to be the largest, thanks to its weight.
They typically reside near water in the Amazon rainforest and can be found in remote areas of central South America. They live their entire lives growing, unlike humans and many other creatures. Green anacondas prey on capybaras, tapirs, deer, caimans, and occasionally even jaguars.
The Maine Coon Cat
Maine’s state cat, the Maine coon is one of the largest and oldest domestic cat breeds in North America. It also has great hunting skills. Male Maine coons can grow to 10 to 16 inches in height and weigh between 13 and 18 pounds; females are only marginally smaller.
A Maine coon named Stewie held the record for the longest domestic cat in the Guinness Book of World Records. Stewie’s length from nose to tail was an astounding 48.5 inches. Although huge, Maine coons are clever and playful animals, earning them the moniker “the gentle giant.”
The Largest Amphibian Species
The Chinese giant salamander is the world’s largest amphibian. An adult salamander typically weighs between 55 and 66 pounds and is 3.77 feet long. The largest salamander ever recorded was 5.9 feet long and weighed 110 pounds! Salamanders like a variety of foods, including insects and worms.
They also eat fish, crab, and other amphibians. These amphibians are currently critically endangered, and human activities are to blame. If you ever find yourself in one of China’s mountain streams or lakes and hear a crying child, it could be the giant salamander, since their vocals resemble that sound.
The Red Kangaroo Looks Like a Bodybuilder
Even if you’ve been making huge gains at the gym, you wouldn’t want to mess with a red kangaroo. These kangaroos are bigger than even regular gym-goers. Male red kangaroos can grow up to 5.9 feet. Roger, the largest kangaroo ever recorded, was 7 feet tall and 201 pounds.
This gigantic red kangaroo could break metal with his bare hands! His rescuer, Chris Barns, announced “Ripped Roger’s” death on December 8, 2018. These species are found across Australia’s western and central regions. While they frequently gather in groups of about 1,500, they typically reside in groups of 2-4.
Gary the Capybara Looks Like a Dog
Just so you know, you can’t fit Gary the Capybara in a little cage on your desk. He is the world’s largest, around the size of a medium-sized dog. Gary lives with his owners, Richard Loveman and Melanie Typaldos. They fell in love with him on their trip to Venezuela.
They eventually brought him back to their Texas home. They revealed that Gary enjoys swimming in the pool and is a quick learner. Ms. Typaldos claims that when instructed, Gary can spin around, stand up, leap, and shake hands. Gary enjoys sharing the family bed with his owners.
Have You Ever Thought About Giant Spiders?
The giant huntsman spider holds the record for the largest spider in the world based on leg span. Its legs can grow up to one foot long, but it isn’t as big as the Goliath spider. The enormous huntsman spiders live in caves in Laos.
Unlike other species of spiders, huntsman spiders prefer to hunt rather than build webs. Despite being venomous, they are not believed to pose a significant threat to humans. Huntsman spiders have even been kept as pets by people. They primarily consume other insects, and occasional geckos.
The Largest Terrestrial Animal – The African Elephant
The African elephant weighs about six tons, pretty much three cars. They are almost 11 feet high at the shoulders and almost 25 feet long. They radiate extra heat by using their enormous ears. This is essential for survival since they spend long days grazing in the intense African sun.
Their distinctive features are their long, white tusks, which are also their greatest threat because of poaching. African elephants are clever. They display different behaviors such as grief, sense of humor, mimicry, memory, play, compassion, and self-awareness. They have similar brains to humans in terms of complexity and structure.
The Cinereous Vulture and Its Elegant Wingspan
The black vulture, also known as the cinereous vulture, has a wingspan of 8 to 10 feet and can weigh up to 31 pounds. They are the world’s biggest raptor species. Cinereous vultures predominantly live in Asia and Europe. Their males are a little bit bigger than females.
They occasionally dwell in pairs but typically live alone. And they gather when dining on carcasses. These birds of prey primarily eat carrion. Due to habitat destruction and the poisoned bait, they consume that is used to kill dogs and other similar species, these vultures are classified as “near threatened.”
The World’s Biggest House Cat
Maine coons are one of the largest cat species ever and among the oldest breeds in America. Some believe Maine coons were created when a wild raccoon mated with a brown tabby. We think that’s impossible, but their size is undeniable. And Ludo was once the biggest of the bunch.
He measures nearly 4 feet long. Although we know his British friend Stewie, whom we mentioned above, might have been larger, Ludo won the record after Stewie passed away. This cat would definitely give some dog breeds a run for their money, don’t you think?
The Giant Oarfish Is a Sea Monster
The giant oarfish holds the record for being the longest bony fish in the world. They can grow as long as 110 feet. The largest documented oarfish weighed 600 pounds. Since they’re so huge, they frequently garner media attention when they wash ashore, as you can see from this picture.
They have also been mistaken for “sea serpents.” These fish from the deep water are silver in color with dark patterns. They swim in an undulating motion and have long, oar-shaped fins. These fish species eat krill, other tiny crustaceans, fish, and squid. Oarfish adults typically live alone.
New Guinea’s Bismarck Flying Fox
The Bismarck masked flying fox is found predominantly in the forests of Papua New Guinea, in mixed fruit orchards and coconut groves. They are the largest bats in the world and are called flying foxes because of their foxlike faces. Their wings span can reach 5.25 in length.
The Bismarck masked flying fox doesn’t have a tail. Their males can lactate, making them one of the few species of mammals who can do so. They feast on fruit, nectar, and blooms. These species have highly developed eyesight and can live in colonies of up to 200,000 bats.
The World’s Biggest Butterfly
The Atlas moth butterfly is the biggest butterfly in the world. The species was given its name in 1758 by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. The Greek mythology titan Atlas inspired the name of the Atlas moth (due to their large size and map-like wing patterns).
Atlas moths are primarily found in forests and shrublands in tropical regions. Their main habitat is in Southeast Asia. There is non-commercial cultivation of Atlas moths for their silk in some parts of India. The brown silk that resembles wool, Fagara, is supposed to be more durable.
The Flemish Giant Rabbit
This is the Flemish giant rabbit, a large breed of domestic rabbit that is also the biggest rabbit breed in the world. They can weigh up to 22 pounds, while the longest to be recorded was 4 feet 3 inches. You can clearly see how big these rabbits can grow.
It is pretty much the same size as the collie sleeping next to it. Although these rabbits make great pets, they’re usually bred for their meat and fur. The Flemish giant rabbits are obedient and patient animals. Breeding them dates as far back as 16th-century Belgium.
The Giant African Snail
Also called the Ghana tiger snail, the giant African snail is the largest among land gastropods. The largest one to be recorded clocked in at 15.5 inches in length and weighed 2 pounds – relatively higher than the average snail, which is less than 2 inches long. They’re also invasive animals.
The US Department of Agriculture considers the snail to be one of the biggest possible hazards to agriculture and crops. They can have a lifespan of between 5 and 7 years (but can live considerably longer in captivity). They can also eat any of 500 different plant species.
The World’s Biggest Earthworm
This one is quite gross! Many people don’t like imagining slithering and slippery creatures creeping down the earth, but they exist. Australia’s giant Gippsland earthworm is one of nature’s anomalies and the world’s biggest earthworm. This giant invertebrate can reach up to 9.8 feet in length.
They can also live up to five years. But don’t worry, you won’t find them slithering under your front lawn. The species live on riverbanks in wet, clay subsoils and don’t usually come to the surface. This is in contrast with their smaller relatives, who often come out.
The Puppy with the Biggest Tail
Although Keon the Irish Wolfhound isn’t as tall as his Great Dane companions, he still has some serious statistics. He has broken the record for the longest tail, which measures 30.2 inches. It is also the biggest tail in history. We imagine his owner’s house would be tail proof.
Or else, he’d be knocking everything over wherever he turned. We wonder how he wags this tail. Keon’s name means “courageous warrior,” but this cutie is a gentle giant. Although a little clumsy, he lives with his family in Westerlo, Belgium, where he loves getting some belly rubs.
The World’s Largest Ants
Also known as Dinoponera, the giant Amazonian ant is one of the largest ants in the world. Although many people talk more about the bullet ant due to its sheer size and notorious size, the female giant Amazonian ant can reach up to 1.6 inches in length.
Found only in South America, a colony of this particular ant species consists of only a few less than 100 ants. You also don’t want to mess with them. They are extremely poisonous, and their sting, which is known to be excruciating, can last up to 48 hours!
Those Mega-Horns Are Real
Although this steer is not the largest cow in the world, his enormous horns appear to be straight from a sci-fi film. They appear to have been CGI-ed for our wildest dreams, but they are absolutely real and not modified. This African Watusi steer is named Lurch.
His 37.5-inch horn circumference is the biggest of any steer in the world. But it was his horns that ultimately led to his death in 2010 due to cancer. Our memories of Lurch will linger. He is survived by his devoted owner, Janice Wolf, who lives in Arkansas.
This Crab Has Ridiculous Legs
Have you seen the world’s largest crab? Here is the Japanese spider crab. While it’s clearly not a spider, its spider-like legs earned it its name. They have longer legs than any other arthropod, reaching 18 feet from claw to claw. They can also weigh up to 42 pounds.
Their name in Japanese is “taka-ashi-gani,” which means “tall legs crab.” Their bodies serve as protection against other predators such as octopi. These creatures are great camouflage and use ocean elements such as sponges and shells to disguise. Although crabs live for years, these guys can reach over a century!
The Saltwater Crocodile Eats Sharks
Male saltwater crocodiles are enormous beasts. They can weigh between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds. Brutus, a giant saltwater crocodile, is 18 feet long. He went viral in 2014 after devouring a bull shark! He first became famous when he ate kangaroo meat during a “jumping crocodile” tour in 2011.
But it was his win against a shark three years later that made the world know him. According to Harry Bowman from Adelaide River Cruises, “It’s like seeing a dinosaur.” That’s pretty close because these creatures have the strongest bite force of any living animal.
The Massive 22-Pound Lobster
In 2017, Louie, the giant lobster, was finally set free at the age of 132. He had spent about twenty years locked up in a tank in a Long Island restaurant. Yamali, his owner, wouldn’t let anyone eat the magnificent creature. So he released him into the wild.
It was iconic as the Hempstead town had an official ceremony to celebrate the 22-pound lobster’s return to the wild. According to lobster expert Bob Bayer, Louie will prosper in the wild. He’s not the biggest lobster ever, but still bigger than the average 3- to 4-pound lobster.
The Largest Raccoon Ever
People who suffer from thyroid complications struggle to lose weight. This playful 75-pound raccoon can relate to that struggle. The Guinness Book of World Records declared Bandit the fattest and biggest raccoon in the world. Unfortunately, his thyroid problems eventually led to his untimely death. But he wasn’t without love.
He had even become famous prior to his death. Bandit had a couple of minutes on the Food Network and was also a regular at Ice Cream World, where he drank slushies through a straw. It really doesn’t sound beneficial considering the weight problems he had. But he was happy.
The King of Jellyfish
The Lion’s Mane jellyfish is the world’s largest species of jellyfish! The creature’s tentacles look like the lion’s mane, hence, the name. The biggest recorded specimen was found ashore in Massachusetts Bay in 1870. The bell of the colossus measured around 7 feet, 6 inches.
Its tentacles reached up to 121 feet! It may take a long time before we find another Lion’s Mane that is that big. This species inhabits the cold waters of the Northern Atlantic, Arctic, and Northern Pacific Oceans. Its lifespan is about a year, and it consumes other smaller jellyfish.
These Giraffes Are as Tall as Single-Story Buildings
According to the World Wildlife Federation, giraffes are the world’s tallest terrestrial mammal. The average height of a male giraffe is 5 meters, which is similar to the height of a single-story home. But that’s not all. These creatures have huge hearts. And no, we don’t mean generosity.
Their 2-foot heart provides blood pressure that is three times more than a healthy human’s. This is important for the animal to pump blood up its long neck. Since they’re so tall, giraffes have a hard time getting up from a seated position. That’s why you’ll mostly see them standing.
Have You Seen the Goliath Beetle?
The Goliath beetle is one of the world’s largest insects. It can weigh between 2.8 and 3.5 ounces and measure 9.8 inches in the larval stage. But they decrease as they grow and become half their size as adults. An adult male can reach 4.3 inches in length.
They are found in tropical forests in Africa. You can distinguish the male from the female with the horns that males use to fight other males for potential mates and food. They eat tree sap and have a high protein diet. But when domesticated, they eat cat and dog food.
Oklahoma Sam, The Tallest Living Donkey
Oklahoma Sam was only 4 when she became the Tallest Living Donkey in 2021. The donkey measures 15.3 hands and is quite a bit larger than the average donkey (often around 8 hands). She lives in California with her owner and other animals including a duck, goose, macaw, and four cats.
The animals are accepting of the donkey’s giant size and love playing with him. Sam loves chasing the others around the farm and also nibbling on her bale or sleeping in the shade. Surprisingly, Sam isn’t expensive to care for. According to her owner, she “doesn’t eat more.”
The Goliath Frog in Africa
Although the Goliath frog isn’t the largest amphibian in the world, it is the largest living species of frog. They can grow up to 12.6 inches and weigh 7 pounds. These creatures live in African rivers, particularly in Cameroon and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Goliath frogs feast on small snakes, turtles, spiders, crabs, worms, and smaller frogs, among other things. They are hunted by larger snakes. Although they can live for up to 15 years, they’re currently an endangered species due to being hunted for food, the pet trade, and habitat loss.
Moose, the Giant Percheron Stallion
Meet this giant horse named Windermere’s North American Maid (a.k.a. Moose). He isn’t your typical horse. Moose is a draft horse and a Percheron supreme world champion. His owners at Windermere Farms claim that he has won numerous competitions across both the United States and Canada.
They said, “We started calling North American Maid ‘Moose’ because he was always such a big colt. Now he stands 19 hands and moves with incredible action.” The owners also used Moose in their breeding program because, in their opinion, “Moose is the complete package in a Percheron stallion.”
The World’s Tallest Dog – Giant George
Once the World’s Tallest Living Dog and the tallest dog to ever exist by the Guinness Book of World Records, Giant George was nearly 7 feet long. The Great Dane was 3’5” from his shoulder down to his paws. He was measured at 245 pounds – 100 pounds more than the average Great Dane.
George enjoyed driving a golf cart around the neighborhood where his family lived. He made an appearance on the 2010 Oprah show. George was assigned a row of three airplane seats to himself for the trip. He passed away in 2013, a few days before turning eight.
The Red Tibetan Mastiff
The large Tibetan dog breed known as the Tibetan mastiff has its roots in the nomadic peoples of Tibet, Pakistan, China, Mongolia, India, and Nepal. The dogs are used by the local Tibetan people to protect their sheep from leopards, wolves, bears, and tigers. Adult Tibetan mastiffs can weigh 286 pounds.
This red Tibetan mastiff became the world’s most expensive dog in 2011 when it was sold for $1.5 million. These animals are red, which the Chinese believe to be a lucky color. They are revered as holy creatures and are said to bestow better security and health upon their owners.
Sammy the Giant Tortoise
Although his best years may be behind him, Colin Kaepernick is famous for being the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick was skillful and fast, but his giant pet tortoise, Sammy, isn’t quite as quick. Sammy weighs 115 pounds and is one of the third-largest species of tortoises.
They can live for as long as 150 years. Since the tortoise can outlive its owner, some owners include their pet turtles in their will. When the San Francisco 49ers headed to the Super Bowl in 2013, Sammy had his own Twitter feed sharing his own opinion.
The 222-Pound Siamese Carp
Although you would assume that this image has been manipulated with Photoshop, it is real. After a 90-minute battle to catch it, the massive 222-pound Siamese carp was hauled out of a lake in Ban Pon, Thailand. Tim Webb, a 27-year-old fisherman, eventually subdued and captured the fish.
He used bread and bran rice as bait. After taking the picture, Webb moved the enormous fish 25 miles away to his own fishery. The fish had to be lifted into his truck by six people. We wish the fish the best of luck in his new home.
The World’s Largest Fish
Although we know the blue whale is the largest animal on earth, the whale shark remains the world’s largest fish. While it is a shark, it’s not thought to be a dangerous animal and is actually known to be playful, letting divers ride on its back.
Whale sharks live predominantly in tropical waters close to the equator and are filter feeders. These creatures mostly consume plankton but occasionally eat small squid, krill, and other smaller fish. The largest accurately measured whale shark was as long as 61 feet and weighed about 47,000 pounds.
The World’s Largest Living Cat
Hercules, an offspring from a male lion and a female tiger, weighs 922 pounds. Ligers are as sociable as lions and also enjoy swimming like tigers. Hercules lives in the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve home. The beast measures 131 inches in length and 39 inches tall at the shoulder.
Although his appearance is terrifying, Hercules loves being fed with a bottle by his carers and enjoys playing like a kitten even though he is over 100 times the weight of the average house cat. Ligers are larger than purebred lions and tigers and can grow twice their size.
Big Bob the Goldfish
Big Bob was only an inch long when Anne Cooper brought him home from the pet shop. She didn’t expect him to grow to a foot-long sandwich! He is visibly bigger than the other fish in the tank, and she has had to move him to five different fish tanks.
That’s because he continues to grow and outgrow the tanks. Contrary to popular belief, goldfish are actually intelligent. According to Cooper, Big Bob sometimes gets violent if he doesn’t get his food on time, thrashing about his tank and scaring her two cats. He also hates the color red.
The Colossal 36-Foot Great White from South Australia
There’s a reason why they’re called great white sharks. That’s because they’re….well, great. They have an average length of 20 feet and weigh as much as 5,000 pounds. But they can get bigger. The biggest great white sharks taken from the ocean were 36 and 37 feet.
That is according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The biggest was caught in the 1870s in Port Fairy, South Australia. The smaller beast was caught in New Brunswick, Canada, in the 1930s. Great whites can live longer than 70 years and can swim at speeds over 56 km/hr.
The Largest Land Carnivores
We can’t have this list without the Kodiak bear and the polar bear. They are the world’s largest land carnivores, and since we already mentioned the former, it’s time for polar bears. Males can weigh from 772 to 1,543 pounds, with females weighing half that amount.
These beasts hunt seals with sea ice. Climate change has affected polar bears, with an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 now alive. Although they are huge creatures and have the reputation for being violent, this isn’t always the case. Polar bears are more likely to walk away from a confrontation.
The Biggest Bunnies in the World
Darius the bunny is quite bigger than what you’ll find in your backyard. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized him as the longest bunny. Darius measures 4 feet, 4 inches long. However, his son, Jeff, has outgrown him, measuring 4 feet, 5 inches. But that’s not all.
His daughter, Enya, is expected to surpass them both. Go, girl! Unfortunately, Darius was reported missing in 2021. Before he went missing, his owner, Anette Edwards, kept him in a dog crate! He’s not a cheap pet, consuming over 2,000 carrots and 700 apples yearly.
The World’s Largest Tortoise
Although tortoises are large, none were bigger than Goliath. This hatchling settled down at Seffner’s Life Fellowship Bird Sanctuary in the 1960s. He grew bigger and bigger till he weighed 919 pounds. Goliath never stopped growing, in contrast to most tortoises, which reach their maximum weight around age 30.
The Galapagos Islands and the Aldabra Atoll are ideal habitats for these kinds of tortoises. They are believed to number 25,000, which may seem like a lot for such heavy beings, but they were originally more numerous. Despite Goliath’s passing in 2002, his reputation as the biggest tortoise remains.
This Gigantic Goldfish Is Fishy
Although large carp sometimes grow to 90 pounds, goldfish aren’t particularly known for their size. In fact, they’re famous for being tiny. But they can grow pretty big in the wild. Although many kids have goldfish as pets, they sometimes grow tired of them and drop them in the lake.
But you’re wrong if you think you’re doing them a favor because that’s the worst thing you can do to a goldfish. These creatures have lots of natural enemies, which has contributed to their reduction. Scientists have discovered a 4-pound goldfish, which is bigger than the average of 8 ounces.
The Leatherback Sea Turtle
Here’s the leatherback sea turtle. It is the largest turtle alive and one of the heaviest reptiles in the world. Although it’s a turtle, this creature doesn’t have a bone shell. The average size of leatherback sea turtles is 6 to 7 feet long, and they can weigh between 550 and 1,540 pounds.
These turtles live in oceans all around the world and consume mostly jellyfish. They’re gradually going into extinction, as many people harvest sea turtle eggs. Asian exploitation of turtle nests has contributed significantly to this. Many cultures around the world place significance on turtles and even have tribal celebrations.
The 3-Foot-Long Coconut Crab
Imagine taking out the trash, and you see this! Coconut crabs, a type of hermit crab, are the world’s biggest known crabs. They can weigh up to nine pounds and grow to 3 feet, 3 inches from leg t0 leg. They inhabit certain islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Coconut crabs eat nuts, fruits, and seeds but occasionally eat carrion and other foods. But don’t let their names fool you because they don’t eat coconut as often as you may think. Also, the only times these creatures climb are whenever they feel threatened and want to escape.
The Titan Longhorn Beetle
Countries like Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and north-central Brazil are home to this species. They continue to rank among the biggest beetles on the planet. The largest Titan specimen that has ever been found was 6.6 inches. It is true that Hercules beetles might occasionally be longer.
But their length is measured from their horns, which protrude from their thorax. The Titans, however, have larger bodies. Their mandibles are so powerful that they can easily break pencils in half! They hiss and bite to fend off predators while using their powerful jaws.
The Heaviest Bony Fish on Earth
This is Mola Mola, or ocean sunfish. They are the heaviest bony fish in the world. The Mola Mola is an enormous fish characterized by a flat body and large head. They often weigh over 2,200 pounds, with their fins reaching 8 feet. Some have weighed 5,100 pounds and measured between 10 and 14 feet.
These fish are commonly found in temperate and tropical waters. Their diet is mostly sea jellies. Female sunfish can produce up to 300 million eggs at once – more than any known vertebrate. Although large, they’re hunted by killer whales, sea lions, and sharks.
1,051-Pound Hog Killed by 11-Year-Old Boy
An 11-year-old boy made history in 2007 when he shot and killed a huge hog that measured 9 feet in length and weighed 1,051 pounds. Jamison Stone told ABC News that “he was snarling, you know, popping his jaws as a threat, and that’s when I took my shot.”
The boy and his father had hunted the gigantic animal for three hours before killing him. After this photo went viral, many people questioned its authenticity. The pig’s enormous size is scientifically possible. In 2004, a National Geographic forensics team killed the original “Hogzilla,” an 800-pound wild boar in Georgia.
The Giant English Mastiff Named Zorba
Zorba the English Mastiff broke the Guinness World Record in 2008 for being the largest dog since the year 1989. His record as the longest dog still remains, measuring a ridiculous 8 feet. This goliath dog is also considered the world’s heaviest dog, weighing 343 pounds.
For context, this dog breed often grows to around 23o pounds. Although Zorba is dead now, he would’ve been a social media sensation if he was still alive. He even appeared on the David Letterman show in 1989! The behemoth died in 1992 when he was around 11 years old.
The Gigantic Landseer Newfoundland
Dogs are undoubtedly one of the best things to happen to humans. We’ve seen quite a number of them on this list, and here’s another. Boomer, a huge Landseer Newfoundland, was the subject of an Associated Press profile in 2009. He broke records at 36 inches tall.
He had a tail that was long enough to leave quite a path of damage. It wasn’t quite a Guinness World Record, but it was certainly newsworthy. Boomer was developing so quickly, though, that his belly stitches were tearing. He passed away at the age of 6 in 2012.
The Biggest American Molossus in History
Yet another dog is on our list, but we’re not complaining! Jumping to the record books might be a bit preemptive, but in March 2018, Utah dog owner Jared Howser stated that his Molossus puppy, Euphrates, weighed more than 180 pounds and measured at 6 feet on her hind legs.
The American Molossus is the product of mating between the English Mastiff and the Neapolitan Mastiff, two exceptionally large dogs. According to stories, this breed is closely related to the Mesopotamian Molossus, a gigantic canine behemoth that is fabled to have fought alongside Alexander the Great.
Blossom the Giant Cow
Blossom the cow, the tallest cow in the world in 2014, was born to two average-sized parents. Owner Patty Meads-Hanson, who has raised darling Blossom since she was eight weeks old, was proud of her female Holstein. Patty’s father first spotted the odd growth.
He proposed that the Guinness World Records look into it, making it official. Blossom measured 74.8 inches (over 6 feet) tall. Sadly, the 13-year-old cow passed away in May 2015. Patty claimed that Blossom had a wonderful life full of daily chin rubs.
The Long-Horned Texas Longhorn
Although Texas longhorns are famous for their long horns, Poncho stood out from the rest. Owner Jeral Pope found Poncho when the cow was just 6 months old when he noticed a small herd of steers outlined against the sunset. He knew immediately that he had to get one.
The pair have been best friends ever since. Although Poncho’s long horns look frightening, the Popes insist that he is just a gentle giant. Poncho made the Guinness World Records in 2019 for having the largest horns on a living steer at 10 feet, 7.4 inches.
The Longest Fur on a Rabbit
Franchesca holds the world record for the longest fur on a rabbit. Although she looks cute, all the fur makes her look beastly. Some people have even taken her for a small dog, especially a Pekingese. Not that the Pekingese are ferocious, but Franchesca’s fur is just surprising.
Later on, an English Angora broke Franchesca’s record in 2014 with fur that measured 14.37 inches (36.5 cm). Franchesca’s owner, Betty Chu, regularly combs her fluff to keep her as groomed, beautiful, and snug as possible. We can see she does a great job!
The Dog with the Longest Tongue
Speaking of Pekingese dogs, this poor little thing held the Guinness record for having the longest dog tongue. 2011’s Puggy the Pekingese is a native of Texas and the pet of owner Becky Stanford. He has a 4.5-inch-long tongue, longer than the tongue of any other dog.
That is astounding, especially considering this is one small breed of dog. Even though this Puggy is adorable, having a tongue like that can make slobbering a little too much to handle. In 2016, Puggy’s record was broken by Mochi, whose tongue measured 7.31 inches (18.58 cm).
Cassius the Giant Crocodile
We all know how big and scary crocs are. Now, add a record-breaking Cassius Clay, and you have yourself a story. Although this crocodile isn’t the biggest in the world, it deserves a place on the list. It is the largest of its kind to be raised in captivity.
Cassius has been safely living in a wildlife park located in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia since 2011. This beast weighs approximately 2,200 pounds and measures 17 feet in length. Just for context, that is pretty much the size of two ping-pong tables. Imagine that!
Mochi The Giant-Tongued Saint Bernard
As we mentioned earlier, Mochi beat Puggy the Pekingese in 2016 as the dog with the largest tongue in the world. Mochi’s tongue is more than 7 inches and belongs to Craig and Carla Rickert from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But his owners have revealed some disturbing facts.
Although Mochi’s large-sized tongue has gained renown, it has also come with some problems such as breathing challenges and excess slobber. However, his owners are up to the challenges, making sure his record-breaking tongue is well taken care of with plenty of love and peanut butter!
Tigger the Giant-Eared Bloodhound
We’ve now moved on from giant tails and huge tongues. Now, we have this bloodhound named Tigger with the world’s biggest ears on a dog. Those floppy ears hang at 13.75 inches (34.9cm) for the right ear and 13.5 inches (34.2cm) for the left ear.
Bryan and Christian Flessner from Illinois are the proud owners of Tigger and have celebrated their fluffy family member at several dog shows. Tigger has even received more than 180 Best of Breed awards. He was inducted into the Bloodhound Hall of Fame in 2003.
The Greatest Great Dane
This beastly canine is fed on a generous diet of 2 pounds of ground beef, casserole steak, liver, and quite possibly sofa sponge every day. Freddy the Great Dane measures 40.7 inches and lives with his owner, Clair Stoneman, in Essex, England. He looks like the greatest Great Dane!
According to the Guinness World Record, as of 2017, Freddy grew bigger than Zeus, another Great Dane who died in 2014. About the sofa we mentioned earlier, Freddy’s owner told the Telegraph that her dog has destroyed up to 26 couches and counting. Oops!
The Largest Millipede in the World
Now, we’re back to our creepy, crawly, slithering, slimy friends. This part of the animal kingdom has its own beasts and monsters, and one of them is a millipede that measures up to 15 inches and 2 inches. For context, the average size of a millipede is around 6 inches.
Although the full-grown African giant black millipede is still pretty much below a human, it’s strange and foreboding length makes it unnerving. Its appearance is frightening even to the toughest of us. Unlike centipedes, millipedes aren’t venomous or poisonous to humans. So, you have nothing to worry about, scaredy-cat.
Have You Ever Heard of the Giant Shipworm?
This aquatic species, known as a giant shipworm, is the largest living mollusk and bivalve, and it looks as terrifying as it sounds. Its lengthy, gooey appearance, which is like something out of a George Orwell novel, was discovered by a research team in the Philippines under Dr. Distel.
They knew they had made a remarkable discovery when one of Distel’s students discovered the mollusk. These odd species live in a shell that is between three and five feet long and looks like an elephant tusk. According to Live Science, the mollusk is the length of a baseball bat.
The Longest Snake Ever
Honestly, snakes don’t need extra length to make them more terrifying, but just a few yards more, and you’ve got a horror film on your hands. The reticulated python is the world’s largest snake species of python. And the longest to be recorded was discovered in Malaysia in 2016.
According to the Guinness World Records, it was found on a construction site and measured 26.2 feet! The snake even outmeasured the longest captive snake in the world, Medusa (25 feet and 2 inches). Although it is a freak of nature, the snake was captured but died shortly after.
The Largest Primate in the World
When it comes to primates, the king is the eastern gorilla because it can measure up to 6 feet, weighing 400 pounds on average. These beasts typically live in the forests of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. Gorilla Beringei is the largest primate in the world.
Although these critically endangered species roam the forests of eastern and central Africa, the heaviest gorilla was found in St. Louis. Named Phil, the behemoth primate was raised in a zoo. He was slightly shorter but still weighed 860 pounds. He died in 1958. Only about 5,000 gorillas remain today.
The World’s Biggest Atlas Beetle
The Atlas beetle is the gorilla of the insect kingdom and belongs to the rhinoceros beetle species, which can reach 5.1 inches. This critter was aptly named after the Titan that was doomed to hold the earth up for eternity. And it can definitely carry its load too.
These insects are known to be vicious and notoriously even fight to the death when they are still at the larvae stage if there isn’t enough space or food. They can also bite if touched at this stage. These beetles are found in Southern Asia but more predominantly in Indonesia.
The World’s Largest Insect
The stick insect known as a Phobaeticus Chani was the largest insect in the world until the year 2016. The specimen, which is kept at the Natural History Museum in London, is 22.3 inches long when the legs are fully stretched. However, the body still measures an incredible 14.1 inches!
However, there’s a new sheriff in town, and the Phryganistria Chinensis Zhao is now recognized as the longest bug. The new species are named after Zhao Li of the Insect Museum of West China. It deposited 6 eggs at the museum. After hatching, the little critter was 26 centimeters long.