Different animals have different kinds of strength. Some have pure brute strength and are capable of lifting, dragging, carrying or pulling enormous weights. Others may be much smaller yet have immense power compared to their size. Here are 10 of the world’s strongest animals. Prepare to be amazed…
A dung beetle is not only the world’s strongest insect but also the strongest animal on the planet compared to body weight. They can pull 1,141 times their own body weight. This is the equivalent of an average person pulling six double-decker buses full of people. Now that’s strong!
Rhinoceros Beetles can lift something 850 times their own weight. To put this into perspective, if a human had the strength of the rhinoceros beetle, it would be able to lift a 65 ton object. If the mighty elephant had equal strength to the rhinoceros beetle it would be able to carry 850 elephants on its back.
Amazing Facts About the Ant
More than 20,000 known ant species occur around the world, yet only 12,500 have so far been classified.
Ants can lift and carry many many times their own weight. In fact the tiny leafcutter ant (pictured at the top of the page) can lift and carry in its jaws something 50 times its own body weight of about 500mg.
Army ants may prey on much larger animals such as reptiles, birds, or even small mammals.
Ants represent 25 per cent or more of the animal biomass on the planet.
All the ants on the planet weigh about as much as all the humans.
Ants emerged along with flowering plants some 130 million years ago; by contrast, Homo, from which humans evolved, diverged only 2 million years ago.
Ants communicate and cooperate by using chemicals (pheromones) that can alert others to danger or lead them to a promising food source.
What are ant communities like?
Ants are social insects which form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals.
Ant communities are headed by a queen or queens, whose function in life is to lay thousands of eggs that will ensure the survival of the colony. Workers (the ants typically seen by humans) are wingless females that never reproduce, but instead forage for food, care for the queen’s offspring, work on the nest, protect the community, and perform many other duties.
Male ants often have only one role—mating with the queen. After they have performed this function, they may die.
Scientists have shown that gorillas live in complex social groups, display individual personalities, make and use tools, and show emotions like grief and compassion. We shouldn't be surprised though - Gorillas are one of our closest living relatives, and they share at least 95% of their DNA with humans.
Amazing Facts About the Eagle
Eagles are some of the largest birds. They are at the top of the food chain, with some species feeding on big prey like monkeys and sloths. Eagles have amazing eyesight and can detect prey up to two miles away.
How many species of eagle are there?
Eagles are birds of prey in the family Accipitridae; there are approximately 60 different species. The majority are found in Eurasia and Africa, with only 14 species found in other areas including North, Central and South America, and Australia.
What do eagles look like?
With the exception of some vultures, eagles are generally larger than other birds of prey. They have strong muscular legs, powerful talons and large hooked beaks that enable them to rip the flesh from their prey.Eagles vary in size. One of the smallest species, the little eagle, is around 17.7–21.7 in (45–55 cm). In contrast, Stellers’s sea eagle is around 36–42 in (91–106 cm) in size, and wingspan can reach approximately 72–96 in (2–2.5 m).
Amazing Facts About the Tiger
As the largest member of the cat family, tigers are strong, powerful and one of nature’s most feared predators. Their beautiful orange and black striped coats provide camouflage when hunting prey at night when they can reach speeds of 65 km/hr (~40 mph).
Elephants are highly social animals with incredible memories. This could be attributed to their large brains, which can reach over 5kg in mass!
Amazing Facts About the ElephantElephants are smart, social and incredibly strong creatures. An Elephants trunk is so powerful and precise that it can carry calves and also be used for more delicate acts like picking flowers!As the largest land mammal, the Elephant also has the longest pregnancy at 22 months! New-born calves weigh around 90kg and are about 3 feet tall.It is believed that years ago there were more than 300 species of Elephant, however today there only remains two: the Asian and African species.
Amazing Facts About the Anaconda
There are four different species of anaconda: Green, Bolivian, Yellow and Dark-Spotted Anacondas.
The largest species is the Green Anaconda which can grow up to 30ft (9m) in length and weigh up to 550lbs (250kg)!
They are part of the boa constrictor family.
They are found in the Amazon Rainforest and usually inhabit marshes, swamps and slow moving streams.
They do not lay eggs but actually give birth to live young.
Female anacondas are significantly larger than males.
Amazing Facts About the Bear
Bears are extraordinarily intelligent animals. They have far superior navigation skills to humans; excellent memories; large brain to body ratio; and use tools in various contexts from play to hunting.
Bears grieve deeply for others. Cubs are known to moan and cry when separated from their mothers. This can go on for weeks if their mothers are killed by hunters.
Bears have excellent senses of smell, sight and hearing. They can smell food, cubs, a mate or predators from miles away. Their great eyesight allows them to detect when fruits are ripe.
Some species of Asiatic bear build nests in the trees. They can use these for hiding, eating and even sleeping.
Bears care deeply about family members. They will risk their lives and even fight to the death in order to save a cub or sibling from danger.
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