10 Surprising World's Largest Animals Species

The following animal species are what we see around us. The world's largest animal sizes and weights are amazing. They are located at a very special location conducive for them, that is why we do not have them all around us. Here we go.

 1. World's Largest Frog: Goliath Frog

World's largest frog, Goliath frog

Goliath frogs (conraua goliath) are found in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. They are the largest frog in the world having a weight of 3.2 kilograms (7.3 pounds). The female is around 34 centimeters (1.1 feet) long while the male frogs are larger. Goliath frogs can make a single jump of 5 meters ( 16.4 feet). This is because their hind legs are stronger and longer than their front legs.

Male frog, dig and prepare a small pound where the female will lay its eggs, the nest. Then, the male frog lift rock to the pond being prepared, in fact, they can lift rocks that are more than half of their weight. Finishing with the ponds, the male whistle to the female, then the female lays its eggs in the pond. 

The surrounding rocks lifted by the male protects the ponds where the eggs are. Both the male and female involved in cleaning the ponds, because the ponds are always free from debris, making it conducive for the hatch tadpoles. A single female can lay up to 3000 eggs in one nest. Sadly, Goliath frogs, the world's largest frog, lives are endangered due to hunting and diseases. [1]

 2. Braham Chicken Breeds

Chicken breeds
Braham rooster

Braham chicken breeds are gentle giant breeds of chicken. They are the king of the poultry. They probably originated from India. A Braham hen lay just 120 brown eggs per year. They are characterized by feathered legs and feet. 

Brahma chicken breeds have an average weight of 4-5 kilograms ( 8.8 - 11 pounds). Braham chicken breeds, the world's largest chicken, have different beautiful appearances, some are light or white, buff-Columbian, black, and gold. [2]

World's largest rooster
A girl carrying Meralki. (Photo credit: Aung k.. Myint.chickenheavenonearth)

The chicken breeds are docile, friendly, curious, and calm. A giant Braham rooster named Meralki stormed the internet with its size. Meralki is 3 feet ( 0.9 meters) tall, the same height as a five-year-old child. The giant job is to eat and sleep[3]

 3. Atlas Moth

World's largest beautiful moth
                                                                                                                                                Atlas Moth

Atlas moth is also known as Attacus Atlas is popular in the Asian forest. Its beautiful wings length stretches between 10 to 12 inches and approximately 62 square inches surface area. 4 The wings are rusty brown in color with white, yellow, red, purple, and black patterns. 

On both wings, there is a triangular-shaped translucent material, like windows. Its name is believed to be translated from Greek, meaning, "snake's head and mouth". The pattern at the upper edge of the wings appears like a snake. [4]


The moth does not have a well-developed mouth. It makes use of fat accumulated during its larva stage to survive. As a result, this beautiful moth life span is just one or two weeks, it gets starved, and dies. 

During this very short time it lives, the atlas moth is able to mate and lay eggs so that the next generation can live. In India, they purposely grow atlas moth for its silk production by its larva. The silk produce is brown wool-like silk. [5] 

 4. Darius

World's largest rabbit
Darius. Photo credit: cater

Rabbits such as pygmy rabbits are fluffy small mammals of about 8 inches (20 centimeters) in length. Darius is the world's biggest rabbit. The world's biggest rabbit body's length is 1.31 meters (4.3 feet). Darius weighs 22.2 pounds(10 kilograms). One of its favorite food is carrot. Darius feeding cost its owner £2,500 ($2700) a year[6] 

World's largest rabbit
Photo credit: cater

Darius belongs to the rabbit's breeds of Belgian giant (Flemish giant). They are the largest breeds of rabbits in the world. The Belgian giant originated from Belgium. Their average body length can reach more than 1 meter (1 Meter) with a long ear that can grow up to 18 cm. 

They can weigh more than 12 pounds ( 5.4 kilograms). They are often raised as pets because of their friendliness and affection. Belgian breeds need special care and nutrition because their immune system is not strong. [7]

 5. Neapolitan Mastiff

world's largest dog breeds
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Neapolitan mastiff originates from Italy. The breed's skin is loose with a massive head and body. It is among the world's biggest breeds of dogs. Its size and look are enough to scare any intruder away. 

The female weighs between 120 and 175 pounds ( 54.4 - 79 kilogram) with 24 to 29 inches (0.6 - 0.7 Meter) in height. While the male weighs between 150 to 200 pounds (68 - 90 kilogram) with 26 to 31 inches (0.66 - 0.8 Meter) tall. The giant is gentle in nature, perhaps he doesn't realize that he is giant.
Neapolitan mastiff best foods are dry high nutritional meals since wet foods can cause tooth decay. 

The giant is very stubborn when it comes to training. A new command may be mastered after 40 to 80 repetitions. Yet, this giant is protective, would not allow any harm to his family. It can later welcome strangers fully knowing the stranger will not harm his family. Its life expectancy is between 8 to 10 years. Female Neapolitan mastiff gives birth to big puppies as they will grow up to be giant dogs. [8]

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 6. Coconut crab (Robber crab)

World's largest crab
Photo credit: nerdist

Coconut crabs are hermit crabs of enormous size. It is the largest land-living arthropod. They are found in the Indian and southern Pacific oceans.
Coconut crabs measure 3 feet ( 0.9 Meter) from leg to leg with a weight of 9 pounds (4 kilogram) in weight. 

As the name suggests, its favorite food is coconut. We know coconut is hard, it challenging to get to the edible part. We first remove the fibrous part and use force to break the coconut. The Coconut crab does similar things, after removing the fibrous part of the coconut, they will exact force up to 1500 Newton force on the coconut. 

Coconut crabs that feed on the coconut are two times bigger than those who do not feed on it. They will climb the coconut tree to the top, after dropping coconut to the ground. Instead of climbing back on the tree, they dropdown.[9] They also feed on other crabs species, rats, dead animals, tropical fruits, and even their own shed exoskeleton.

World's largest coconut crab hermit crab
                                                                                                                                   Photo credit: lets-travel-more

Coconut crabs are also known as Robber crab because they are thieves. They can run away with your object and take it to their burrows. Their extraordinary sense of smell may account for their thievery. Any objects with a faint smell will be taken away by them. The larger part of their brain is for detecting smell, this may be responsible for their high sense of smell. 

They are antisocial, they do not mix with each other. If a coconut crab mistakenly enters another burrow where another one is, it will become a meal. It takes time for them to become big, they can live up to 40 years. The female releases its eggs at the edge of the sea, of which the hatchling is released to the sea and will later be carried back to land. [10]

 7. World's Largest bat

World's largest bat flying fox

The largest bats are nocturnal animals. They can travel over 25 miles in the night for food, they feed on fruits such as papaya, laimo, nectar, and figs. They have sticky saliva which enables them to feed on nectar without destroying the flower. 

They are also called flying foxes because their face resembles foxes. It is the world's largest bat species. Their wings stretch up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) and it weighs 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilogram). The body is covered with fur except for its wings. They are known to disperse seeds in the rain forest.

World's largest bat flying fox while flying
Photo credit: wowamazing

They can form colonies of up 100,000 individuals. Colonization enables them to get warm and protected from predators. The female gives birth to one pup since they are mammals, not birds. When the females are pregnant, they form colonies; this helps them to reproduce in the same place. 

They can fly as high as 3600 feet (1097 meters) above sea level. They care for their pup for close to three months. Leafless trees and deep caves in the Rain forest of East Asia and the Philippines are their favorite habitat. [11]

 8.  The world's Largest Lizard

Komodo Dragons or komodo monitors world's  largest lizard
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The world's biggest and weightiest lizards are spotted in Komodo and other Indonesian Islands. Komodo Dragons or komodo monitors are the largest lizards in the world with a long tail. They are venomous with large curves and sharp pointed teeth. 

The largest Komodo Dragon measures 10.3 feet (3.13 m) in length and 366 pounds (166 kg) in weight. They stay in their hollow out by the day because of the heat and come out by night. They have a yellow forked tongue, strong necks, and sturdy limbs. 

Their stomach enlarges to the point they can eat a meal close to 80% of their body weight. A surprising fact about them is that while running away from predators, they will release swallowed food from their stomachs. This is to lighten their weight, in order to run. They can run with a speed of 10 to 13 mph (16 to 20 kph).

World's largest lizard komodo Dragons or komodo monitors

Males are a little bigger than the female, yet they are hard to differentiate. They feed on dead animals, small rodents, birds, snakes as well as large animals such as water buffalos and wild boar. They stay at a spot to allow prey to cross their way, then they attack. They have an incredible sense of smell, they can smell carcasses 2.5 miles away. 

They make use of their forked tongue in detecting the area where their prey is. It will bring out its tongue to the air, to touch molecules from the prey in the air. Then it curls it back inside to touch the inner part of the tongue to detect the area where the prey is. If the molecules are more concentrated in the right than the left, then it senses that the prey is on the right side. 

They can live up to 30 years. Sometimes, in order for the male to mate a female, the male will wrestle with another male in an erecting way. They also use their tails for support sometimes while wrestling. The looser may run away or will not be able to move. 

Females can lay about 30 eggs on megapodes nest or in a dug on slope hill. The hatchlings are vulnerable to predators including their fellow giant komodo dragon. For that, they are often seen in animal dugs to protect themselves from predators[12]

 9. Biggest lobster

lobster world's largest very giant

The common lobster you can buy for a dinner ranges between 10 to 12 pounds (4.5 - 5.4 kilograms) in weight.  Measuring more than 3 inches and a maximum of 5 inches. Even less than that weight and length.[13] One of the largest lobster was caught in Maine, United States. 40 inches (1 Meter) in length with big claws having a total weight of 27 pounds (12 kilograms). 

The weight is almost entirely on the claw. Its claw is capable of breaking someone's arm. A similar big lobster was caught in Nova Scotia in 1977 with a weight of 44 pounds (20 kilograms). Guinness world record named the one caught in 1977 as the world's biggest lobster[14] 

 10. World's Largest Catfish

catfish species world's largest

In the Mekong River, Thailand, a huge catfish was caught. It is 9 feet long (2.7 meters), weighing 646 pounds (293 kg). The fish is possibly the world's largest catfish. It belongs to Mekong giant catfish species. 

are freshwater fish including this enormous fish. The fishers struggle for one hour before it was finally caught. Some people especially in Thailand believe eating the fish brings them good luck, that is why it is very expensive. Their lives are endangered, they could go into extinction. [15]

wels catfish world's largest fish
Giant wels catfish

Another giant catfish was caught with rod and reel in the delta of Po River, Italy. It belongs to the species of Wels catfish. Most time, Wels catfish are giant at 6.5 feet (approximately 2 meters). To see a Wels catfish, measuring up to 8.8 feet (2.7 meters) with 280 pounds (127 kilograms) is rare. [16]

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