Sunday, October 14, 2012

Top 10 heaviest land animals

The following is a list of top 10 heaviest land animals of the world.

Some may argue with the order of listing but you can always do a 5-minute search and you will have better idea. The heaviest land animals can be measured and defined using a variety of methods, such as by mass, height, volume, and length.

1. African elephant
Weight: Up to 10,000 kg (22,046 lb)
Largest recorded reach a height of 4m at the shoulder

African Elephants. The bush elephant is the bigger of the two species: The African bush elephant and African forest elephant. Photo by Joubert/N. Geographic

2. Asian Elephant
Weight: Up to 5,400 kg (11,905 lb)
Can reach a height of 3m at the shoulder
Asian Elephants can easily be distinguished from their African cousins by their smaller ears.. Photo by de engineur

3. Hippopotamus
Weight: Up to 3,200 kg (7,055 lb)
Its body can reach up to 5.4m length
African hippopotamus. Photo by Nichols/N. Geographic

4. White Rhinoceros
Weight: Up to 2,300 kg (5,071 lb)
The largest of the five rhinoceros species can be up to 4m long
White rhinoceros at Singapore Zoological Gardens. Photo by: de engineur

5. Giraffe
Weight: Up to 1,932 kg (4,260 lb)
A giraffe's neck can be 2.4m long
Giraffes shot at Singapore Zoological Gardens. Photo by: de engineur

6. Walrus
Weight: Up to 1,500 kg (3.307 lb)
Its tusks can reach 1m in length
Walruses use their tusks to help pull themselves out of the water. Photo by: Curtsinger/N.Geographic

7. Black Rhinoceros
Weight: Up to 1,400 kg (3,086 lb)
Height can be up to 1.8m at the shoulder

8. Gaur
Weight: Up to 1,300 kg (2,866 lb)
Also called the Indian bison, the biggest bovid can reach 2.2m at the shoulder.
The Malayan gaur is called Seladang. Photo by: de engineur

9. Asian Bufallo
Weight: Up to 1,200 kg (2,645 lb)
It has the widest horn span of any bovid. It can span up to 2 m
Asian water buffalos are domesticated animals. Photo by: de engineur

10. Saltwater crocodile
Weight: Up to 1,000 kg (2,205 lb)
The largest reptile in the world can grow to 8 - 10m in length
The above given figures are speculative as Guinness World Record holder for largest saltwater crocodile (in captivity) is the Philippine's Lolong which measures only at 6.17m (20.24 ft) in length. Pictured above is one of the bigger crocodiles at Tuaran Crocodile Farm. Photo by de engineur

Source: Top ten list obtained from Sun Life, DE, Oct. 14, 2012 - pp 13


Meitzeu said...

Just like our expected answer of the heavy size animals!:)


Dhuan Absa said...

Please confirmed whether the photo of the so called gaur is really of the Indian Gaur or Malayan Gaur or Seladang. In the photo it does not look like gaurs at all, more like a breed of Texan Long Horn or an African cattle. Thank you.

Dhuan Absa said...

There is a gross error here, number 8 are Ankole Watusi or Ankole Long Horns, a breed of cattle from Afrika. Thank you.