18 Large Animals That One Can Believe Only When Seen In Person

13Giant Salamander

The giant salamander and especially the Chinese species reach the lengths of 6 feet easily. A Japanese salamander was known to live up to 52 years in captivity. They mainly eat aquatic insects, fish, frogs, crabs, and shrimp and hunt in the night using sensory nodes on their heads and bodies to find their prey.

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14Flying Fox Bat

No, it isn’t an actual flying fox (though it would have been awesome), but the Flying Fox Bat is the largest of the bat species. They are also known as fruit bats and are mainly found in tropics of Asia (including the Indian subcontinent), Australia, East Africa, and some oceanic islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Their diet consists of fruit, plants and occasional insects for dessert. However, they cannot echolocate, but have excellent eyesight and hence are not nocturnal.

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15Japanese spider crab

Japanese spider crab has the longest legs in the crab family (something to brag about). They can weigh up to 44 pounds and grow up to 12 feet in length. Their usual diet is mollusks, algae, kelp and even carcasses of any dead animal they find in the ocean. Don’t worry they are not going to eat your corpse since they love 1000 feet under water, however, when the urge to mate intensifies, they can come into shallow water.

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16Giant African Land Snail

This behemoth of a snail is one of the largest terrestrial gastropods. Their lifespan goes up to 10 years and reaches up to 7.8 inches in length and 2.7-3.9 inches in height. An adult weighs upwards of 30 grams. The shell is the place where the Giant African Land Snail takes sanctuary from predators. They will also spend time inside of their shells when the temperatures begin to dip too low at hours of darkness to placate.

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17Elephant Seal

Large individuals of the Southern Elephant seal can grow to lengths of 20 feet and weigh up to 8800 pounds. A male seal may weigh up to 5 tons and max out at around 13 feet long and 4500 pounds, while the females are some 3000 pounds lighter and 3 feet shorter in length. They can also stay submerged under water for two hours and have reached a depth of 5788 ft under water. Their main diet is squid and fish and crustaceans.

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18Attacus Atlas moth

The Attacus Atlas Moth has a wingspan measuring between 25–30 cm (9.8–11.8 in) and a wing surface area of about 400 cm2 (62 in2). The cocoons of these behemoth moths are so durable and strong, that the Taiwanese people use them as purses by installing a zipper. Unfortunately, adult moths typically die within a week or two of spreading their wings.

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