Be Afraid! These Giants Are Real!

By Teresa Thomerson in Nature On 3rd October 2015

#1 Japanese spider crab

Scientific name: Macrocheira kaempferi

Length: 3.3 3.9 ft. (Leg Span)


Scientific name: Crocodylus porosus

Mass: 880 2,200 lbs (Adult, Male)

Length: 14 17 ft. (Adult, Male)

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#3 Wetapunga

The largest species of giant weta is the Little Barrier Island giant weta,[2] also known as the wetapunga. One example reported in 2011 weighed 71 g,[3] and a 72 g specimen has been recorded.[4]

#4 Percheron draft horse

The ideal size for the Percheron varies between countries. In France, height ranges from 15.1 to 18.1 hands (61 to 73 inches, 155 to 185 cm) and weight from 1,100 to 2,600 pounds (500 to 1,200 kg). Percherons in the United States generally stand between 16.2 and 17.3 hands (66 and 71 inches, 168 and 180 cm), with a range of 15 and 19 hands (60 and 76 inches, 152 and 193 cm). American Percherons average 1,900 pounds (860 kg), and their top weight is around 2,600 pounds (1,200 kg).[2] In Great Britain, 16.2 hands (66 inches, 168 cm) is the shortest acceptable height for stallions and 16.1 hands (65 inches, 165 cm) for mares, while weights range from around 2,000 to 2,200 pounds (910 to 1,000 kg) for stallions and 1,800 to 2,000 pounds (820 to 910 kg) for mares.

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#5 Coconut crab

Birgus latro is the largest terrestrial arthropod, and indeed terrestrial invertebrate, in the world; reports about the size of Birgus latro vary, but most sources give a body length of up to 40 cm (16 in), a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb), and a leg span of more than 0.91 m (3.0 ft), with males generally being larger than females.[8] The carapace may reach a length of 78 mm (3.1 in), and a width of up to 200 mm (7.9 in).

#6 Nomura’s jellyfish

Growing up to 2 m (6.6 ft) in diameter and weighing up to 200 kg (440 lb), Nomura's Jellyfish reside primarily in the waters between China and Japan, primarily centralized in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea.

#7 Salamander

Scientific name: Caudata

Mass: 55 66 lbs (Chinese giant salamander, Adult)

Length: 3.8 ft. (Chinese giant salamander, Adult), 4.9 7.5 in. (Cope's giant salamander, Adult)

#8 Mantaray

Manta rays are large rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m in width while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m.

#9 New Guinea fruit bat

One adult female Bulmer's fruit bat weighed 600 g (1.3 lb). Bulmer's fruit bat is a cave-dweller that occurs in mid-montane forests. Its altitudinal range is at least 1800 to 2400 m (58007900 ft). It is probably an obligate frugivore. It occurs in cave-dwelling colonies.

#10 Siberian Tiger

The largest male, with largely assured references, measured 350 cm (140 in) "over the curves", equivalent to 330 cm (130 in) "between the pegs". The tail length in fully grown males is about 1 m (39 in). Weights of up to 318 kg (701 lb) have been recorded and exceptionally large males weighing up to 384 kg (847 lb) are mentioned in the literature, but according to Mazák, none of these cases can be confirmed via reliable sources. Mazák indicates the typical weight range of historical Siberian tigers as 180 to 306 kg (397 to 675 lb) for males and 100 to 167 kg (220 to 368 lb) for females.

#11 Liger

Scientific name: Panthera leo × Panthera tigris

Length: 9.8 11 ft. (Adult, Male)

#12 Stingray

Just their stingers can be over a foot long!

#13 Blue whale

Scientific name: Balaenoptera musculus

Mass: 420,000 lbs (Adult)

Length: 82 ft. (Southern hemisphere population, Adult, Male)

#14 Kodiak bear

The size range for females is from 225 to 315 kg (496 to 694 lb) and for males 360 to 635 kg (794 to 1,400 lb).[1] Mature males average 480533 kg (1,0581,175 lb) over the course of the year,[5] and can weigh up to 680 kg (1,500 lb) at peak times.

#15 Gerenuk

From head to tail, the gerenuk is around 1.50 metres (4 ft 11 in) long. Males are a little taller than females, at 0.891.05 m (2 ft 11 in3 ft 5 in) tall, with the females typically 0.801.00 m (2 ft 7 in3 ft 3 in) tall. The male is also heavier than the female, weighing 45 kilograms (99 lb), while females weigh around 30 kg (66 lb).

#16 Wild hog

Scientific name: Sus scrofa

Mass: 110 200 lbs (Adult)

Height: 1.8 3.6 ft. (Adult, At Shoulder)

Body length: 3 6.6 ft. (Adult, Without Tail)

#17 Mekong (Chinese catfish)

Attaining an unconfirmed length of 3 m (9.8 ft), the Mekong giant catfish grows extremely quickly, reaching a mass of 150 to 200 kg (330 to 440 lb) in six years.[9] It can reportedly weigh up to 350 kg (770 lb).[9] The largest catch recorded in Thailand since record-keeping began in 1981 was a female measuring 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in) in length and weighing 293 kg (646 lb).

#18 Ocean sunfish

Scientific name: Mola mola

Mass: 2,200 lbs (Adult)

Length: 5.9 ft. (Adult)

#19 Friesian cow

Scientific name: Bos taurus

Mass: 1,300 lbs (Adult, Female)

Height: 4.8 ft. (Adult, At Shoulder, Female)

#20 Goliath frog

The goliath frog is the largest living frog on Earth. Specimens can grow up to 32 cm in length from snout to vent, and weigh up to 3.25 kg.

#21 Giant centipede

Scolopendra gigantea, also known as the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede or Amazonian giant centipede, is one of the largest centipedes of the genus Scolopendra with a length up to 30 cm.