You would be surprised at the sheer diversity of animals living with us. Since most of them live in the wild and we only see their pictures sometimes, we never actually pay attention to how absolutely huge they can be. Take a look at these 10 insanely large animals that exist today.
#1. The Blue Whale
By NOAA Fisheries (TBjornstad 11:20, 18 April 2007 (UTC)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Most of us know that the Blue Whale is the largest mammal known to us. But the actual size and weight is what is surprising about this marine animal. It’s 30 meters (98 feet) long and weighs 200 tons! In fact, its tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons which is approximately the size of an Asian elephant.
#2. The African Bush Elephant
While the Blue Whale is the largest known mammal in water, the land is ruled by the African bush Elephant when it comes to size. Male elephants can reach up to 6 to 7.5 meters in length, 3.3 meters in height and can weigh up to 6 tons. Females are relatively smaller in comparison. When fully grown, they are so huge that they have no natural predators because of their sheer size. However, the newborns can fall prey to leopard, lion or crocodile attacks.
The even-toed ungulate mammals are the tallest animals on land. Their long height which can reach up to 5- 6 meters can attributed to their long neck which in itself can be around 2 meters tall. Their long necks are because of disproportionate lengthening of the cervical vertebrae.
#4. Chinese Salamander
The largest living amphibian is the Chinese Salamander which can grow up to a length of 1.8 meters (6 feet) and weigh around 64 kg. However, they are endangered as they are considered a delicacy and used for medicinal purposes.