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Biggest Animals by Category Quiz

Name the biggest type of animal in each of these categories.
Unless specified, this is based on the maximum recorded weight for a non-obese individual
Last updated: August 27, 2018
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Category
Size
Animal
Animal
420,000 lbs
Blue Whale
Land Animal (weight)
27,000 lbs
African Elephant
Land Animal (height)
20 ft
Giraffe
Fish
47,000 lbs
Whale Shark
Freshwater Fish
3,250 lbs
Beluga Sturgeon
Land Carnivore
2,210 lbs
Polar Bear
or Brown Bear
Bird (weight)
340 lbs
Ostrich
Bird (wingspan)
12 ft
Wandering Albatross
Primate
590 lbs
Eastern Lowland
Gorilla
Snake (length)
28 ft
Reticulated Python
Snake (weight)
550 lbs
Green Anaconda
Venomous Snake
(length)
19 ft
King Cobra
Category
Size
Animal
Dog Breed
343 lbs
English Mastiff
Invertebrate
1,091 lbs
Colossal Squid
Turtle
2,019 lbs
Leatherback Turtle
Cat
900 lbs
Liger
Cat (wild)
700 lbs
Tiger
Rodent
232 lbs
Capybara
Lizard
366 lbs
Komodo Dragon
Reptile
2,900 lbs
Saltwater Crocodile
Bird of Prey
31 lbs
Eurasian
Black Vulture
Waterfowl
38 lbs
Trumpeter Swan
Arthropod (weight)
44 lbs
American Lobster
Arthropod
(arm span)
12.5 ft
Japanese
Spider Crab
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level 46
Oct 20, 2011
Ligers aren't wild animals and wouldn't be a real animal if it wasn't for hybrid breeding done in zoos. I don't think they should count on these quizzes.
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level 33
Oct 20, 2011
Forgot the polar bear...thinking of animals on the savannah.
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level 58
Oct 20, 2011
Great quiz.
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level 55
Oct 20, 2011
d'oh! How did I not get Squid.
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level 43
Jan 19, 2012
I'm just appalled that only 20% of people got capybara! You hear that name repeated like 20 times, just in 2nd grade.
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level 74
Jul 11, 2014
I never heard it before the 2nd season of The Tick.
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level 58
Jan 4, 2017
Not in New Zealand.
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level 21
Apr 15, 2012
I think squid should be accepted. I know there might be different-sized varieties, but colossal squid is hard to get.
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level 67
Jun 11, 2014
Agree. Python worked for reticulated python so why not squid for colossal squid?
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level ∞
Jun 20, 2014
Giant squid would also have worked.
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level 27
Sep 15, 2012
Woohoo 100 percent!! Great Quiz :)
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level 74
Jan 20, 2013
I knew capybera but couldn't spell it. :( I even tried "Speak," which was The Tick's pet capybara's name.
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level 74
Jul 11, 2014
This time I got it. Only missed sturgeon.
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level 73
May 15, 2013
I always thought the Irish Wolfhound was historically the largest dog breed.
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level 57
Dec 31, 2016
I tried that too. But I think the Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog breed, not the largest in terms of weight.
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level 50
Jun 7, 2013
Can anyone tell me the difference between colossal squid, giant squid, and architeuthis?
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level 50
Jul 11, 2014
The colossal squid, which still has not been seen alive in its natural habitat, is thought to be even larger than the giant squid (although its tentacles are shorter). The largest known colossal squid was hauled to the surface by fishermen off New Zealand in 2007. It weighed around 1,000 pounds. Unlike the giant squid, whose arms and tentacles only have suckers lined with small teeth, the colossal squid's limbs are also equipped with sharp hooks: some swivelling, others three-pointed. Its body is wider and stouter, and therefore heavier, than that of the giant squid. Colossal squid are believed to have longer mantles than giant squid, although their tentacles are shorter. The squid exhibits abyssal gigantism. The beak of M. hamiltoni is the largest known of any squid, exceeding that of Architeuthis (giant squid) in size and in robustness. So that's the difference between colossal and giant. Architeuthis is easy. It's the giant squid's genus, and is often simply said to mean giant squid.
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level 58
Jan 4, 2017
Yeah I seen it in the museum in Wellington.
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level 70
Apr 25, 2014
How did I not think of bears for the land carnivores??!!?! As for the mastiff or the leatherback turtle, that I would never have guessed.
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level 48
Jun 24, 2018
probably because they're omnivores
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level 58
Jul 11, 2014
Go mastiffs! I have two at my house
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level 66
Mar 27, 2015
You mean they have you at their house!
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level 70
Aug 5, 2017
How many kids did you used to have?
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level 66
Jul 11, 2014
I think that Komodo should be accepted as an answer for Komodo dragon.
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level 74
Jul 11, 2014
I tried Manuel Uribe for largest land carnivore.
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level 80
Jul 11, 2014
I was a tad disappointed that ROUS wasn't accepted as a correct answer.
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level 75
Jul 11, 2014
Lol beat me to it
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level 55
Jul 11, 2014
Please accept Comodo Dragon...
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level 74
Jul 11, 2014
A Commodoe Dragon? Very elusive. Usually you only see those the morning after a heavy dinner at PF Chang's. And it's rare that one weighs in at over 3 Courics, much less 366 lbs.
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level 61
Dec 4, 2014
I've heard stories, about one in Colorado, must've weighed almost 9 Courics, if you believe that
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level 59
Jul 11, 2014
I always write Komodo with a 'C'. Annoying, but it's a good thing it's not accepted; perhaps this way I will learn to spell it correctly one day.
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level 62
Feb 27, 2016
Fun fact: hybrids of blue whales and fin whales are rare but can actually grow larger than blue whales, and unlike most hybrids they are fully fertile because blue and fin whales have the same diploid number :-)
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level ∞
Jul 8, 2016
"can actually grow larger than blue whales".

Source? I'm curious.

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level 62
Aug 30, 2016
The hybrid's size is intriguing, because it seems to have a growing capacity more similar to the Blue whale. Immature hybrid specimens have been found to be larger than fully mature fin or blue whales. I know this was noticed in at least one quite old publication: (Cocks, 1887), but sadly they are very rare in general and still being hunted, so there are too few to do a really comprehensive analysis. But in theory they could be the largest animals of all time :-)
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level 62
Aug 30, 2016
It seems 'imprinted genes' play a role in this, much like why Ligers are larger than Tigers.
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level 49
Dec 31, 2016
Very fun quiz. Liger got me though.
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level 74
Dec 31, 2016
If you enjoyed this you might like my fastest animals quiz, sort of in the same vein.
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level 74
Dec 31, 2016
900-pound, non-wild cat? Sounds like Garfield.
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level 57
Dec 31, 2016
I thought a Liger was something that lived only in Napoleon Dynamite's imagination.
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level 46
Dec 31, 2016
It should be mentioned somewhere that this quiz does not include extinct animals.
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level 27
Jan 2, 2017
Wow, surprised king crab wasn't the biggest arthropod, I'm from Alaska and I've seen some huge ones. They really aren't the biggest though, I looked it up.
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level 18
Jan 5, 2017
You should accept Komodo with a C for idiots like me that cant figure out that it starts with a K.
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level 70
Aug 5, 2017
LOL! Now THAT'S the way you register a gripe, people!
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level 61
Jan 6, 2017
The largest waterfowl is actually the Mute swan and the largest bird of prey is the Andean condor. Source links: http://www.hbw.com/species/mute-swan-cygnus-olor#Taxonomy http://www.hbw.com/species/trumpeter-swan-cygnus-buccinator#Taxonomy http://www.hbw.com/species/andean-condor-vultur-gryphus#Taxonomy http://www.hbw.com/species/cinereous-vulture-aegypius-monachus#Taxonomy Oh, and I typed Komodo dragon, but I think Komodo monitor should also be possible (yes, I retook the quiz to try if it works).
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level 41
Jan 16, 2017
By the definition of a species (Darwin) a liger is not an animal because it cannot produce its own offspring making it infertile
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level 39
May 12, 2017
I believe Hippopotamus should be the biggest for land carnivore. If you say its an omnivore, so is a brown bear. If you say its not a land animal, neither is the polar bear.
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level 59
Jun 24, 2018
Hippos are herbivores
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level 59
Jun 24, 2018
Can you put sizes in metres and kilograms, please? There are approximately 196 countries in the World and approximately one of them still uses pounds and feet to measure things.
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level 18
Aug 21, 2018
surely a saint Bernard or great dane are bigger than an English Mastiff??
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