5 Abnormally Large Animals That Actually Exist
We know that in prehistoric times huge creatures roamed the planet. whereas we will be thankful that huge insects aren’t abundant of a trouble, there are some large animals still existing these days. whereas you almost certainly won’t run into these animals on your thanks to work, some of them will certainly create the hair on the rear of your neck rise.
Our next list covers a couple of those, at the side of a number of different large freaks of the kingdom with five abnormally massive animals that actually exist on the earth
1. Giant Huntsman
Spider These little guys aren’t your average spider. They also aren’t all that little. First discovered in a cave in Laos back in 2001, these critters have an average leg span of one foot. Given their size, it’s remarkable that giant huntsman spiders remained undiscovered for so long.
The Huntsman family of spiders is all known to be formidable, often found inside peoples’ homes. Additionally, they’re able to squeeze through some incredibly small gaps and have been known to sneak in through closed windows.
Huntsman spiders are found throughout the world, but luckily enough the giant huntsman seems to be a cave-dweller only found in Laos. While the giant huntsman made our list for leg span, the goliath bird-eater comes a close second, while getting an honorable mention for its sheer mass, weighing in at 6 ounces.
2. Roper River Crocodile
This crocodile is absolutely worthy of the term ‘beast’. First spotted in 2014 on Australia’s Roper River in the country’s Northern Territory, there have been multiple sightings since, with a number of witnesses estimating the crocodile’s length to be 8 meters.
Local experts claim that this length is probably not accurate, but the photos do look convincing. The Northern Territory is known for its massive crocs, with the previous record going to ‘Dominator’ on the Adelaide River.
Dominator is estimated to be 6 meters long and weigh around one full ton. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter which one’s bigger because they’d both death-spin you into oblivion the first chance they get. And with their size, there’s probably not much you’d be able to do about it
3. Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox
This breed of a bat is, in a word, intimidating. We don’t know what we’d do if we came face to face with one of these bearing down on us, but we can assure you it wouldn’t be graceful.
With a one foot long body and an almost six-foot wingspan, they weigh around 2 and a half pounds.Thankfully, these bats are only found in the Philippines, so you won’t have to worry about running into any.
The giant golden-crowned flying fox, however, is a highly sought-after prize for poachers, who have hunted them mercilessly. This, coupled with the loss of its habitat to civilization, has made these bats incredibly rare. They are officially classed as being endangered.
4. Weta ‘Cricket’
These critters, found in New Zealand, are impressive specimens. They are very much like crickets, but on a much larger scale, with massive, spiny legs. Furthermore, a lot of wetas do not have wings and, therefore, can’t fly.
While they don’t usually pose a threat to humans, their bite can be very painful, with the spines on their legs causing deep scratches that are prone to infection.
The weta is a perfect example of island gigantism, an evolutionary process where a species that becomes separated from the mainland tends to grow much larger in comparison. While being the smallest on our list, the giant weta grows to 4 inches and can weigh up to 70 grams. Being an insect, that’s still pretty impressive.
5. Chinese Giant Salamander
These salamanders are the largest amphibians currently known. Imagine one of these animals, measuring 6 feet long and weighing up to 110 pounds, coming out of the river toward you.
Panic would be an understandable reaction for many of us. Making them even weirder is the fact that they are known to make distinct sounds that can range from sounding like a barking dog to a crying baby.
That’s right: these giant salamanders can sound like a human baby in distress. The good news is that they don’t eat humans so you probably won’t be lured to your death