Jaws. The Sandlot. Cujo. Anaconda. All of those films have one thing in common: gigantic animals making life difficult for our protagonists. As creatures who exist outside of the food chain we tend to forget that we are, all things considered, pretty much small fries on the planet. So in order to remind our lovely readers of just how little they are, we decided to pull together 45 of the biggest animals we could find for your entertainment. Don’t worry though, nothing on this list is going to try and eat you – we hope.
We aren’t sure if Zeus got his name before or after he became the tallest dog on the planet. This Great Dane, born and raised in Michigan, stood at an incredible 7.5 feet in height when on his hind legs. As with all big dogs Zeus would end up passing away from natural causes at a young age – just 6 years old.
Where is Jennifer Lopez when you need her? This Malaysian Boa was found by a construction crew while working in the jungle. At 55 feet in length we are all too confident in stating that this is one of the biggest snakes ever found and also one of the deadliest. J-Lo just called: Apparently Anaconda was just a movie and she can’t help us out.
Beasts of the Ocean. Remnants from the past. Apex Predators. The Great White Shark can go by many names but we’ll stick with this simple title: massive. This picture showcases a Great White Shark that was pulled up outside of a Cuban village. Measurements showed the creature at over 21 feet in length while weighing in at 7,000 lbs.
If you live out in the country then you’ve no doubt seen these familiar ringed eyes staring back at you at night. Raccoons are adorable and intelligent creatures – when they aren’t 75 pounds! This giant raccoon would no doubt make mincemeat of your little pooch.
If you want to really feel small then you should wade into the ocean next to the Nomura’s jellyfish. This rhizostomae jellyfish is considered the largest in the ocean with a full width of 6.6 feet. The largest Nomura on record ended up weighing an incredible 440 pounds. Our fear of the ocean just intensified.
The most hardened hunter in the world will turn pale when a Grizzly Bear wanders into view. Male Grizzlies can weigh upwards of 600 pounds while standing at nearly 10 feet tall on their hind legs. Grizzlies are among the largest mammalian predators on the planet.
Thumper might not be such a cute character if the bunny Ralph decides to kick his hind legs at you. Ralph is the current record holder for the largest rabbit on the planet, weighing in at an incredible 50 pounds. Ralph is bigger than most junkyard dogs but we hear that he’s a total sweetheart.
The Grey Wolf may look cute and docile from a distance but that’s how you need to leave them be. Grey Wolves can grow up to nearly 180 pounds while standing at nearly 3 feet tall. Grey Wolves are amazing predators who can move at speeds of 37 MPH at a full run.
The film Alien tried to warn us: Facehuggers are real. The Japanese Spider Crab is probably the most disconcerting ocean creature we have ever seen. Imagine this thing scuttling across the ocean floor toward you.
If you watched Fox and the Hound as a kid then you no doubt grew up with an affinity for these sly little creatures. The largest fox on record, however, won’t remind you of your childhood at all! This giant fox was hunted down after becoming a menace in the neighborhood: killing local cats and farm animals. When caught the fox weighed in at over 25 lbs.
This is Gary and he belongs to the largest rodent species on the planet: the capybara. Gary weighs 112 pounds which makes him the largest rodent in the world. You’re going to need a larger running wheel to keep him busy.
If you are looking for those cute little Starfish from the Discovery Channel you won’t find them here. The Sunflower Starfish is a a beast: it has 20 arms that give it an incredible wingspan of 3 feet!
Jules Verne just paged us: the Nautilus is not prepared to take on the Giant Squid. Giant Squids are true ocean leviathans and they were once rumored to simply be the tales of mad sailors. This squid was measured out to be 44 feet long. Yikes.
Though the gorilla may showcase some human traits you should know that they are nothing like us in terms of physicality. In a scientific experiment a 165 pound gorilla was able to draw 850 pounds of force on a dynamometer. The strongest 165 pound human could only draw 200 pounds. Incredible.
We have found that the Ostrich doesn’t really get much respect. Despite being a flightless bird the Ostrich is still incredibly impressive due to its ability to run at up to 43 MPH. Ostrich’s hit around 7 feet in height on average but they can grow to heights of 9+ feet!
This gorgeous cat isn’t going to scare you on the scale but you’ll need a couple of rulers to measure its length. Stewie has the longest tail in the world and his full body is nearly 49 inches in length.
If you need a guard dog and a cuddle partner then Hulk the Pitbull is your fella. Hulk weighs an incredible 174 pounds which makes him the largest pitbull in the world. He’s apparently an absolute sweetheart, though.
Alright, so the name isn’t creative but we find it is straight to the point. The Big Pig comes from Wafangdian City and it weighs in at nearly 2,000 pounds – completely dwarfing the woman in the picture.
QB Colin Kaepernick may have made a splash on the field but you should see the one his pet is making: Sammy the Tortoise. This giant tortoise is an incredible 115 pounds. If you think Kaepernick’s pet is big – click here to check out the size of his mansion!
While sharks may be more cerebral we have to say that the Saltwater Crocodile is probably the most dangerous creature to come across in the water. Is this what the top of the food chain looks like? You might be surprised to discover what took down one of these massive creatures – watch how it happens right here!
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