Now there’s probably a jillion animals in the world damned powerful with regards to speed, size, strength, bite force, as well as flight. We brings you a couple that shouldn’t miss your list of the 10 most powerful land animals on the planet.
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Crocodiles are the largest species of reptiles on the planet. They exist on over 13 subspecies with their largest member being the saltwater or estuarine crocodile which weighs over 2000 pounds and reaches 20 feet in length. The salties are closely followed by the Nile crocodiles which can grow to approximately the same length but weigh around 1650 pounds.
Crocodiles are ambush hunters, skilled in stalking their prey with the help of their murky coats which give them a perfect blending ability. Once prey is close enough, they leap out of the water to deliver a killer bite with their exceptionally powerful jaws. With a single bite, a salty can deliver up to 3700 pounds of pressure per square inch. Even so, bite force varies among the subspecies but crocs have one of the highest bite forces recorded in the animal kingdom.
With the victim in their trap, they drown it in the water and then devour their kill by performing the death roll to dismember the prey.
There are four species of anacondas in the world; the green anaconda, yellow anaconda, the dark-spotted anaconda, and the Bolivian anaconda, but the green anaconda is the largest of them all. Weighing up to approximately 227kg, it can grow to more than 30 feet in length and measure more than 12 inches in diameter.
Unlike other snakes, anacondas are not venomous but will kill by wrapping themselves around their prey and squeezing them to death. They then swallow their kill whole as they have strong muscle jaws that stretch to fit about any size of prey. In water, they can maintain a speed of 10 mph (16km/h) but they are cumbersome on land.
Anacondas can feed on prey as large as wild pigs, caimans, and jaguars. They are also legendary man-eaters so you wouldn’t want to go roaming in the amazon. However, they do not eat for weeks after a heavy meal for they take a long time to digest their meal.
8. Musk Ox
Well, there’s a reason behind the saying ‘as strong as an ox.’
Oxen are a larger and stronger breed of cattle, also known as bullocks in some countries.
They have a body length of between 2-2.3 meters and with a weight of up to 640 kg, they are strong enough to carry and pull weight of up to 800kg across rugged terrain.
Unlike other draft animals, oxen can carry heavy loads for an extended period and are therefore used for plowing fields and pulling carts. Though damned with a calm temperament, they are excellent at charging and head-butting a potential threat with their horns. These are the worst boxing opponents.
7. Grizzly Bear
Bears were seen as a symbol of power, strength, and love. The grizzly bear is among the most massive and powerful animals in the world. They can reach a maximum height of 2.5 meters and weigh about 350kg(770 pounds).
These bears have a big head and a muscular hump. Their claws are 6 inches long, sharp, and strong enough to completely slice off a human head. Grizzly bears’ jaws are strong, with a bite force of 1200 pounds per square inch that can easily bite through a cast-iron skillet, thick trees, or bones, or even crush a bowling ball. They have been clocked to run at speeds of up to 30mph (18km/h) so if you happen to meet the one you had better be in a vehicle.
Grizzlies are intelligent animals with a large brain to body ratio. Besides having excellent senses of smell, sight, and hearing, they are emotional animals. Even so, do not undermine their agility. Grizzly bears are very aggressive.
Tigers are the largest and strongest members of the cat family. They are well recognized by their dark strip patterns and reddish-orange fur that provides camouflage when hunting prey at night. There are ten recognized subspecies of tigers in the world.
The Siberian tiger measures 75-91 inches (190-230 cm) in length and significant weight of up to 306kg. Their tremendous jaws have a bite force of 1050 pounds per square inch, about twice that of a lion and their upper canines grow to a length of 10cm. Perfectly suited for tearing flesh.
Tigers can reach top speeds of 65 km/h (40mph) and are very vicious fighters. Though solitary, they are capable of killing animals over twice their size such as the water buffalo. Being a top predator, these regal felines not only control their prey population but also that of other predators such as leopards. They mark their territories through scratch marks on trees or spraying their urine onto trees and rocks.
They are also reputable man-eaters.
Gorillas are the largest living primates in the world. They can weigh up to an impressive maximum of 300 pounds (150 kg) and reach a height of 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) standing on two feet. This corresponds to the average height of an adult human.
With a formidable mix of strength and intelligence, gorillas can carry a weight of up to two tons, ten times their body weight. They have a robust arm span of between 2.2-2.6 meters that could give any animal posing a threat a deadly knockout.
Although gorillas are vegetarians, they have strong jaws with a bite force of up to 1300 pounds per square inch supplemented with long sharp canines.
African bush elephants are the largest living land animals in the world. They have a height of 8-13 feet (3 meters) and poundage of up to 7 tons but can lift up to 9 tons. They have a strong trunk with more than 40000 muscles and tendons which can carry a weight of up to 200kg.
They have exceptionally powerful jaws with a bite force of up to 1100 pounds per square inch. Additionally, their tusks grow up to a length of 2.5 meters and a weight of 45kg (99 pounds), a necessity for combat and breeding rights.
3. Leafcutter Ant
Size doesn’t always equate to power. The leafcutter ant, also called the parasol ant, is one of the most incredibly strong creatures in the world. With a length of 2.1cm, this ant can carry objects 50 times heavier than their body weight of 500mg, and cover a remarkable distance.
Leafcutter ants have remarkably powerful jaws that carry large pieces of leaves to their nests. Their jaws can vibrate at a rate of 1000 times per second, therefore, producing an immense force to move large objects.
Though they carry leaves, they do not feed on these leaves. Instead, they use them to cultivate fungi. A colony of these ants would be a threat to the agricultural ecosystem.
2. Dung Beetle
The dung beetle is the strongest animal on the planet compared to its body weight. Living on all continents except Antarctica, they regularly push balls of fresh animal poop that are over 200 times their body weight. Comparably, this is similar to a 150-pound person moving 80 tons. Incredible, right?
These beetles develop their extraordinary strength by competing for mates using their horns against their rivals. They can eat more than their own weight in 24 hours, bringing an ecological balance and economic advantage by converting manure to other usable substances.
1. Komodo Dragon
Commonly known as the Komodo monitor, it is a large lizard species found in the islands of Indonesia. When hunting, the Komodo dragon relies on camouflage and patience as it waits for passing prey. With a single powerfully poisonous bite, it succumbs the prey to death due to venom glands that are loaded with toxins that lower blood pressure, cause massive bleeding, prevent clotting, and induce shock to their prey.
Certainly, they do not bite small. They have well-serrated teeth to bite and tremendous neck muscles to pull back, leaving huge gaping wounds.
After the bite, this lizard runs away and several days later, it resurfaces to feed on its dead prey. But this time, in the company of others. They locate their prey easily with the help of a keen sense of smell for corpses. Komodo dragons are capable of killing powerful animals such as the grizzly bear, lion, crocodile, and even a tiger.