Eight enormous creatures that will blow your mind

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Get a load of this slippery character!

Officials at a wildlife reserve in south Florida in the US have captured the largest python ever found in the park.

This female python is more than 17ft long, about the same as two and a half Peter Crouches!

It weighs 63kg and was found in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

This sizeable snake got us thinking about other incredibly large animals. Check them out below.

1. Super-sized snail
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Have you ever seen ANYTHING like it?

A picture of this enormous snail went viral on social media.

People shared their amazed reactions, with some wondering what the animal is.

I can't decide whether that is totally gross or the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

Well, it's a giant African land snail. It is one of the world's largest species of snail and can grow to about 20cm long.

They feed on more than 500 types of plant and can even eat through plaster walls, so you certainly don't want to have one wander unexpectedly into your house.

THAT SNAIL IS HUGE. IT'S SO GLORIOUS.

In fact, they are considered to be one of the worst invasive species in the world because of their ability to munch through almost anything and to reproduce a lot.

They originally come from Africa, but can now be found in China, India, South-East Asia, the Caribbean, Brazil, Florida and Venezuela.

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2. Gigantic 'gator
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Take a look at this enormous alligator going for a walk in Florida

Check out this massive alligator as it goes for a stroll in a US animal reserve.

Only a small group of people were lucky enough to see the huge beast - called Humpback - in Florida in the US.

Wildlife experts estimated the alligator weighed about than 360kg and was up to 15ft long. That's as long as a family estate car!

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3. Huge horse
Tallest living horseGuinness World Records
This enormous horse is called Big Jake, which seems very fitting!

This is the world's tallest horse and he's rather appropriately called Big Jake!

According to Guinness World Records, this nine-year-old is a Belgian Gelding horse.

When he was last measured for record, he stood at just over 6ft 8 - and that's without even having his shoes on. You might need a ladder if you fancied going for a ride!

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4. Sizeable shark
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Scientists think the megalodon died out when its favourite type of food disappeared from our oceans

OK, so you won't come across this chap any time soon, but this is the megalodon - the biggest shark thought ever to have lived.

This fearsome, finned super-predator was swimming about in the oceans between around 2.3 and 16 million years ago.

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Scientists think megalodons could grow up to around 59ft long, which is just shorter than two double-decker buses parked end to end. And as well as its giant body, it also had a very large mouth.

Scientists think it hunted smaller sea-dwellers, like the prehistoric Eobalaenoptera whales in the picture above.

Even Eobalaenoptera themselves were pretty massive. They could grow to an impressive 35 feet, which is as big as a tennis court.

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5. Colossal canine
Zeus the great daneGuinness World Records
Zeus the dog was described by his owners as a gentle giant and even worked as a therapy dog in hospitals and schools where he lived in America

Imagine taking this for a quick stroll! Zeus is the tallest recorded dog ever to have lived.

He was an amazing 111.8cm tall, which is about the same height as a donkey. When standing up on his back legs, he was over 7 feet tall!

This gentle giant weighed about the same as an average 5ft 11 inch tall man, so certainly stood out from the crowd when it came to his canine companions.

Sadly, he passed away of old age in 2014, but he still holds on to his title.

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6. Phenomenal feline
Ludo the catGuinness World Records
Although Ludo is the biggest cat on earth right now, he isn't the longest cat ever. He falls 5cm short of the title which is held by another Maine Coon called Stewie who sadly passed away in 2013

This colossal cat is Ludo - the longest cat in the world!

Ludo is a Maine Coon, which is a breed of cat known for their size. Ludo measures a huge 118.33cm and - as you can see from the picture - he is certainly a big creature to try to cuddle!

His owner Kelsey uses a dog carrier when they travel because he won't fit into one designed for cats.

She said it's great having a big cat because she never has trouble finding him around the house. Hide and seek anyone?!

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7. Whopping whales
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The biggest blue whale colony on Earth was in Antarctica but this suffered very heavily from hunting

We couldn't do a list of big animals without giving a mention to these creatures.

If you come across a blue whale, you're certainly going to know about it.

Coming in at over 98 feet long, just longer than 3 double-decker buses parked end to end, and weighing over 160 tonnes, the blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to have existed on our planet.

They were lots of them in every ocean on Earth until hunting nearly brought them to extinction. A hunting ban started in 1966 and saved the species.

Today, there are thought to be from 10,000 to 25,000 of them, but because of their solitary nature it's difficult to know for sure exactly how many there are, despite their enormous size.

Comments

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by U17537685

    12 Apr 2019 17:23
    wow the Megalodon ??
  • Comment number 6. Posted by Hope

    10 Apr 2019 17:11
    OMG
  • Comment number 5. Posted by U17564071

    10 Apr 2019 15:58
    wow! i wonder how many of these creatures hold records.
  • Comment number 4. Posted by CuteFluffyNarwhal

    9 Apr 2019 17:17
    Huge animals! That dog's legs were sooo long and that cat was HUGE! The snake was.... too long for words too!
  • Comment number 3. Posted by MattJP111

    9 Apr 2019 12:29
    Woah
  • Comment number 2. Posted by U17619000

    9 Apr 2019 9:24
    There massive animals????????????????
  • Comment number 1. Posted by MagnificentMagicalMidnightMysticalAmethyst

    9 Apr 2019 8:38
    I already knew about most of them but never that phenomenal python!