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The 20 Largest Animals in the World

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Gather ’round young and old, but don’t get too close as we present to you 20 freaks of the animal kingdom. Everyone knows that whales and elephants are large, but what about starfish? We’ve got rodents of unusual size and dogs so large they could swallow a man whole. Feast your eyes on these 20 beasts that have defied nature.

African Giant Snail

Africa does things big and this snail is no exception. Found in parts of East Africa, it can reach up to 8 inches in length.

african giant snail

Cane Toad

Originally found in South and Central America the cane toad is considered a nuisance to Australia’s natural wildlife and has few predators because of its toxic skin.

cane toad

Chinese Giant Salamander

The largest and most definitely slimiest salamander in the world, it can grow up to 6 ft in length and is nearly blind.

Chinese giant salamander

Giant Weta Cricket

Found only (thankfully) on a small island off the coast of New Zealand, this cricket is large enough to devour a carrot.

giant cricket

Saltwater Crocodile

Believed to be the largest croc ever caught, this mammoth 21 footer was captured alive after a three week hunt. Amazingly it wasn’t exterminated.

Crocosaurus Rex

Flemish Rabbit

This is Sandy, one of the largest Flemish rabbits hanging out with her pet sheltie.

flemish rabbit

Huge Rat Killed in Foot Locker Store

This incredibly large rat was killed in a Bronx, NY Foot Locker back in January of 2012. Let’s hope this employee got some kind of bonus for taking on the beast.

footlocker rat

Giant Freshwater Stingray

These monsters can grow up to 1,300 lbs and are considered endangered in many of their Asian waterways.

giant stingray

Coconut Crabs

Not what you want to see when taking out the trash, coconut crabs have claws powerful enough to crack coconut shells. Needless to say, they’re not to be trifled with.

giant coconut crab

Giant George the Great Dane

With a spot in the Guinness World Records George weights 245 lbs and consumes over 110 lbs of dog kibble a month.

giant george great dane

Giant Huntsman Spider

This bird eating spider was discovered in Laos back in 2001 in spends much of its time in dark jungle caves.


African Goliath Frog

Located it Cameroon, it lives up to 15 years and eats everything from birds and snakes to other frogs.

goliath frog

Giant Hog

This wild hog weighing over one ton was taken down by an 11-yr-old hunter. Bacon for months!

huge hog

Nomura’s Jellyfish

Found in the waters off Japan it can weigh up to 440 lbs.

giant jelly

Macroptychaster Sea Stars

These giant starfish were found by scientists in Antarctic waters back in 2008.

Mekong Catfish

Found in China’s polluted waterways it can grow up to 10.5 feet and provide enough fish sticks to feed an entire school cafeteria.

mekong catfish

Titan Beetle

Found in the jungles of South America, the titan beetle is second only to the Hercules beetle and can grow up to 6.5 inches.

titan beetle

Trigger the Cow

6.5 feet tall, 14 feet long and over 1 ton, it’s estimated he could produce 7,665 Big Macs.

trigger cow

Bismarck Flying Fox

Found throughout the treetops of New Guinea, this fruit eater is the largest bat on the planet.

bismarck flying fox

Japanese Spider Crab

Weighing up to 41 lbs, the Japanese spider crab has long been a Japanese fishing staple, and can inflict serious injury with its powerful claws.

Japanese Spider Crab

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  1. The rat is definitely fake, as the low quality picture lacks focus and, to our brain, puts things out of perspective. Also, the coconut crab in the picture may not be as big as you think it is, (it’s a small trash can) but they definitely are very big.