Have you ever wondered the strongest animals in the world? Is it the elephant or gorilla? Yes, they do belong to the strongest animals in the world. However, not all the strongest animals are big in size. Some strongest animals in the world are small but they have powerful strength even to kill humans!
You might be curious on the complete list of the strongest animals in the world. Let’s take a closer look at these 5 strongest animals on Earth with their amazing characteristics.
- African Bush Elephant
As we all know that elephants are known to be one of the largest animals in the world. African bush elephants are known to be the largest land animals and the strongest mammals alive.
They are considered as the strongest due to their ability to carry up objects up to 9,000 kilograms which are similar to the weight of 130 humans!
It is not only about their size that is big and huge (around 4.5 meters tall and 12 tons), but it is also about their trunks. Their trunks contain 4,000 muscles and tendons and they can carry 300 kilograms.
Besides, these species of elephants are also famous for their long tusks that can grow to over 2 meters. The trunks are used for digging, defending themselves from predators and fighting between females.
Find more information about the other species of elephants, the Asian elephants in the types of the Asian elephants.
The next strongest animal in the world is gorilla. Gorillas are known to be the largest apes and the strongest primate. They have impressive strength as they can weigh up to 200 kg and lift objects up to 2,000 kg which is ten times their body weight.
Gorillas also have large, long and strong arms which can span up to 2.5 meters. They are excellent in climbing and knuckle walking and they strengthen their arms.
It is also estimated that gorillas are around 15 times stronger than the average humans.
Unfortunately, gorilla is listed as one of the endangered primates due to its declining population.
- Saltwater Crocodile
As being told before that not all the strongest animals mentioned here have big and large bodies. Some are powerful and strong because of their lethal bite. One of which is the saltwater crocodile. The saltwater crocodile is named that way because it is found in salt and brackish water.
It is mostly found in parts of Asia, Australia and India. The saltwater crocodile is known to have the most powerful bite of any animal. The top recorded bite strength is 2.6 M kg per m2. It is estimated to be more powerful than the bite of a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
- Leafcutter Ant
How can an ant become the strongest animal in the world? It is because of their strength in lifting and carrying heavy things. A leafcutter ant is able to carry something 50 times its own weight in its jaws!
It also has the stamina to carry the objects over long distances back to its nest. Its ability to lift the objects is compared to a human lifting a truck with his or her teeth and walking a few kilometers with it.
Who doesn’t know anaconda? Green anaconda is known to be the largest species of anaconda weighing up to 250 kg and 10 meters long. Surprisingly, anaconda is also known as one of the non venomous snakes.
Anacondas have the ability to constrict, kill and eat the prey up to their own body weight. Wild pigs, caimans and even jaguars can also be swallowed! They become the members of the strongest animals in the world due to their ability of squeezing and crushing large animals. Some people even believe that an anaconda would win a fight with a gorilla!
The anaconda’s body is designed in a way so that it can swallow the dead prey in one and digest the meal in just a few days. No wonder, even after a few months without eating, an anaconda will still be able to survive.
- Dung Beetles
Another insect that becomes the member of the strongest animals in the world is dung beetle. A male dung beetle is able to lift objects 1,100 times its own weight. It is equivalent to a human carrying 80 tons (the same as six double-decker buses with people inside!)
Dung beetles can be found in on every continent except Antarctica. The male dung beetles use their strength for fighting with other males to compete for a mate.