Animals That Are Much Larger Than You Ever Imagined

Have you ever gone to a basketball game and sat close to the floor for the first time, only to realize that the players are so much taller than you ever could have conceptualized on screen?

While we have a lot of basic knowledge on a wide array of wild animals, it’s hard to really grasp exactly how big they are. Here are some mind-blowing comparisons to give you some perspective on how big some animals actually are.

This Bison Weighs 3000 Pounds

person tagging bison, whose head is almost the size of the person
Photo Credit: Reddit / hootersbutwithcats
Photo Credit: Reddit / hootersbutwithcats

The person seen here is actually tagging and drawing blood to run a test on this bison. This bison is domesticated, but you should never approach one (or a herd) in the wild because they will win the fight.

A Grizzly Bear’s Paw

woman holding up bear paw that is twice the size of her head
Photo Credit: Reddit / rabtj
Photo Credit: Reddit / rabtj

Don’t worry: the bear was sedated at the time of this photo. A grizzly bear’s swing packs enough punch that one can kill a fully grown adult elk with a quick swipe of its paw.

I Didn’t Know A Salamander Could Be This Large

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Photo Credit: Michael Stuparyk/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Photo Credit: Michael Stuparyk/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Photographed here is a giant Chinese salamander, a species that is the largest amphibian in the world and is critically endangered. Interestingly, these giant salamanders make crying noises similar to small children.

These Are An Eagle’s Talons

eagle talons next to a humans hand are comparable in size
Photo Credit: Twitter / @phil500
Photo Credit: Twitter / @phil500

Because you’re much more likely to see an eagle flying from afar rather than seeing one close up, it can be hard to conceptualize just how large these predatory birds are. Up close, it’s easy to see how their talons are lethal.

A Maine Coon Vs. A Siamese Cat

maine coon cat is over twice the size of a regular siamese cat
Photo Credit: Reddit / AJSTOOBE
Photo Credit: Reddit / AJSTOOBE

Maine Coons are the largest domesticated cat breed in the world. These cats were originally native to North America, inhabiting areas in New England. They were popular farm cats due to their strong mouse-hunting instincts.

A Human Next To A Blue Whale Skull

human is only a quarter of the size of a blue whale skull
Photo Credit: Reddit / Bjcistok
Photo Credit: Reddit / Bjcistok

The blue whale is believed to be the largest animal to ever have inhabited the earth, yet it feeds on some of the smallest marine life there is, such as shrimp and krill—and we’re so thankful for that.

No Wonder They Can Run So Fast

pair of inflated horse lungs look huge next to people
Photo Credit: Reddit / GallowBoob
Photo Credit: Reddit / GallowBoob

This is a pair of inflated horse lungs that have been removed from a dying horse. For further comparison, the average lung capacity for a human is four liters; for horses, it’s 55 liters.

Imagine Swimming Next To This Big Guy

giant fish with mouth open, teeth bared
Photo Credit: Reddit / PrestonGarvey1
Photo Credit: Reddit / PrestonGarvey1

This is the Goliath Tigerfish, a large species of predatory fish that lives in the Congo Basin River, a river that runs from central Democratic Republic of Congo to the Atlantic Ocean.

Raise Your Hand If You Didn’t Think Snails Were This Big

giant african snail is size of large rabbit
Photo Credit: Reddit / sverdrupian
Photo Credit: Reddit / sverdrupian

This woman is holding an African Land Snail, a large species of land snail native to east Africa that is known to be one of the most invasive species in the world.

I Wouldn’t Want To Tango With That Big Boy

man with small snapping turtle and Much larger snapping turtle
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Photo Credit: Reddit / AntiSocialBlogger

The turtle on top is the more common species of snapping turtle you’ll find in most ponds and lakes, whereas the one on the bottom is what a fully grown alligator snapping turtle looks like.

It’s Official: I Fear The Animals In Australia

human hand is same length as bird talons
Photo Credit: Twitter / @PaleoFeathers
Photo Credit: Twitter / @PaleoFeathers

This person here is holding the talons of a male southern cassowary, a flightless bird that inhabits areas in Australia and Papua New Guinea. These birds are known to attack using their talons, aiming to disembowel their opponents.

This Horse Could Knock Me Cold With A Half-Hearted Kick

clydesdale horses are twice the height of woman
Photo Credit: Reddit / kaywhyesay
Photo Credit: Reddit / kaywhyesay

Pictured here are three Clydesdale horses, a Scottish breed of horse that was originally used for farming, heavy hauling for logging, and driving carriages. These giant horses are gentle creatures and have very calm dispositions.

Chicken Egg Vs. Emu Eggs

chicken egg surrounded by four large emu eggs
Photo Credit: Reddit / shzsky
Photo Credit: Reddit / shzsky

Emus are large (they can grow up to two meters tall!) flightless birds that are indigenous to Australia. Considering that they are the second-largest bird species in the world, it’s no real surprise that their eggs are enormous.

Imagine Seeing One Of These In Your House

huge spider photographed next to person
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Photo Credit: Reddit

Despite its terrifying size, this spider is one of the least dangerous ones in Australia, and its bite is more of a nuisance to humans than anything. This spider is part of a family called huntsman spiders, which contains the largest spider species in the world.

Wombats Seem Too Cuddly To Be This Big

wombat is half the size of a human
Photo Credit: Reddit / Yikes_Brigade
Photo Credit: Reddit / Yikes_Brigade

This is Patrick, a wombat who lived in a wildlife sanctuary in Australia. While he was a bit bigger than the average wombat, he was still an absolute sweetheart. An additional wombat fun fact is that they poop cubes!

This Is An Adult Leatherback Turtle

leatherback turtle is about the size of three fully grown adults
Photo Credit: Reddit / WulfsigeX
Photo Credit: Reddit / WulfsigeX

Leatherback turtles are the largest of all living turtles on the planet and the only turtle species alive to not have a hard shell. The female turtles only breach the surface and climb on land once a year to lay eggs on the beaches of the southern Caribbean.

What An Absolute Unit

huge rabbit is held by owner using two arms
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Billy_Brocas
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Billy_Brocas

I had no idea that a rabbit could be this large. This specific species of rabbit is called a Flemish giant, and they’re known for being cuddly and peaceful despite their gargantuan size.

Imagine The Light It Would Fly Into

moth has each wing the size of a human hand
Photo Credit: Reddit / CarnivalLaw
Photo Credit: Reddit / CarnivalLaw

You’re probably more accustomed to seeing small moths try to attack the light on your porch at night. This is the Atlas Moth, which has an average wingspan of nine inches.

Siberian Husky Vs. Wolf

wolf is significantly larger than siberian husky
Photo Credit: Reddit / MDL_Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit / MDL_Reddit

Wolves tend to avoid interacting with humans by living in remote areas, so it’s hard to conceptualize how large they really are in comparison to the dogs we’re more accustomed to. The answer is that they’re much bigger than you’d expect.

…And Sometimes It’s Nice To Think About How Small You Are

iphone on child is the size of its whole torso
Photo Credit: Reddit / z4cd
Photo Credit: Reddit / z4cd

This new father was absolutely shocked and amazed by how his newborn baby was so tiny that it was almost the same size as his phone. It’s humbling to think that we all started this small.