10 little-known and extremely large animals

Varying sizes - a defining aspect of the diversity of animals in the natural world. Even close in mind animals can vary greatly in size, due to the unique adaptation and constant pressure environment. We know the big animals such as elephants or blue whales, the largest animals in the history of the earth. But what would be a surprise if we examine the huge specimens of animals that we are used to represent small.

10. The six-foot predatory minnow

Many children and even adults love naturalists dive into streamside pools to catch minnows. Minnows are outstanding representatives of the family "tiddler", which are small two-inch fish. Aptly named the Colorado pike minnow-- very aggressive "fish-eater", which can reach colossal 1, 8 meters (6 feet) in length. Compared with other types of minnows, the giant fish with huge jaws is really a big fish in a small pond. It can weigh up to 35 kilograms (80 pounds). Pike minnow is an endangered species, is facing serious threats from spoiling its habitat and changes in water flows. As a result, now applied this type of recovery program.

9. Huge centipedes

Centipedes can cause trembling, even the most daring naturalists. With plenty of leg and ferocious fangs, centipedes are elementary killing machines. When they focus on the person, the consequences can be extremely painful. ITS subspecies of the Jurassic period Scolopendra gigantean reaches a length of up to 28 cm (12 inches). This huge creeping animal uses its powerful teeth for eating insects and small vertebrates such as lizards. Since it is well-controlled animal pests, a person can be seriously injured this potentially aggressive centipede. Few of invertebrates on earth can boast such a combination of size, strength and aggression bite as these fast-growing species.

8. Huge cancer

Cancers are often called "biting at your heels." These freshwater lobster relatives are usually quite small and not taken seriously. However, the giant Tasmanian cancer, which is sometimes called the river lobster, huge size - the largest freshwater invertebrate. However, you should take care to preserve this amazing endangered species. With up to 3 kg (7 feet) and a length of about one meter (3 feet), it's a giant arthropod hunts in the rivers of Tasmania. This animal is waiting to capture its prey, and its bite can tear off a finger. Having a black shell, being merged with a rocky bottom of rivers and it is not so easy to see any predators or his victim. But do not worry, they are quite rare.

7. Wild gaur

As a rule, herbivorous megafauna represented as a group consisting of elephants, rhinos and giraffes. However, one of the most specific representatives of megafauna is an Indian bull. With the growth of under 3 meters (10 feet), gaur is really a giant animal, and the largest wild cow in the world. This massive creature with a truly enormous horns can burst through the woods and fields of India, while sometimes destroying and gardens. This species is threatened with extinction, although he is not afraid of most threats and weighs up to 1600 kg (3500 lb). Among megafauna, which can breach its way through tropical vegetation, only elephants, rhinos or giraffes are more and more. Gaur is more manageable than the African buffalo, but sometimes and casualties. There was a case when a tiger attacked gaura. Gaur literally ripped in half tiger.

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