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The 10 Strongest Animals in the World

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Nature is beautiful, but it can also be terrifying. While the world is full of graceful and awe-inspiring creatures, the ones that really capture our imaginations are often the strongest. Let’s look at ten of the mightiest creatures on the planet compared to their size!

Grizzly Bears

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There are fewer sights scarier than a grizzly bear charging at you headlong. These towering engines of destruction are renowned for their strength and territorial behavior. Their raw strength is nearly unrivaled among land creatures, as they’re capable of easily lifting over 500 kilograms.


brown and black snake on ground
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Anacondas are massive snakes that take out their prey by squeezing them to death. This powerful constricting gives them a huge edge in a fight, making them the strongest of all snakes. They can exert thousands of pounds of pressure and have been observed taking down prey animals as heavy as 250 kilograms.


brown elephant on green grass field during daytime
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By many measurements, elephants are the strongest land animals in the world. The African elephant can carry up to 9,000 kilograms, making it easily the mightiest mammal ever observed. By some definitions of strength, this would make them the strongest animals in the world.

Musk Oxen

black animal in close up photography during daytime
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The musk ox can’t exert more raw force than an elephant, but it’s technically stronger due to the amount of weight it can displace compared to its own body size. Oxen can carry loads weighing as much as 900 kilograms across uneven terrain. That’s roughly 1.5 times its average weight!


brown and black tiger lying on ground
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Even casual fans of animal extremes know that tigers are superb athletes. However, most documentaries focus on the felines’ speed, not their incredible strength. These apex predators have been observed carrying prey weighing up to 550 kilograms up into trees. That’s twice their own body weight!

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American Bald Eagle flying on sky
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If you thought tigers carrying twice their body weight up into trees was impressive, wait until you hear about eagles. These noble birds of prey can carry roughly 16 kilograms (four times its own weight) while flying high above the ground.


black gorilla lying on wooden surface
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It’s not surprising to learn that gorillas are among the strongest animals on the planet. Their imposing physique can be downright frightening to behold! They’ve been known to lift objects as heavy as 2,000 kilograms. That’s over ten times the weight of the average gorilla.

Leafcutter Ants

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If you really want to talk about strength, you need to look at a smaller scale. Elephants and gorillas are capable of feats of strength that boggle the human mind, but leafcutter ants can lift objects that are downright gargantuan when compared to their own body size. To be exact, they’ve been seen lifting objects fifty times their own weight using only their jaws!

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Rhinoceros Beetles

Rhinoceros beetle, Dynastinae
Rhinoceros beetle, Enema pan? Dynastinae” by In Memoriam: Ecuador Megadiverso is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The leafcutter ant’s feats of strength are nothing to the mighty rhinoceros beetle. This stout insect can lift 850 times its own body weight. If you were as strong as a rhinoceros beetle, pound-for-pound, you could lift a fully armored tank!

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Dung Beetles

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The strongest animal on the planet compared to its weight is the humble dung beetle. These powerful insects can pull over 1,141 times their body weight—and often need to in order to roll their iconic dung piles around. To put that in perspective, if a human were capable of such feats of strength, they could pull four semi-trucks behind them at the same time.

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