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The Strongest Animals in the World 

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Updated June 18, 2020 484.5k views 21 items

Animals of all shapes and sizes have different kinds of strengths. Deciding which animals are the strongest really depends on how you define strength. Do you define strength as the sheer power of an animal, how much they can carry pound-for-pound, or the strength of their bite? This list includes land mammals, marine animals, and insects, all of which are ridiculously strong, in one way or another.

Some animals can carry large amounts of weight, up to several times their own body mass, while others have really strong and ferocious bites. Do you think you know what the strongest animal is? You might be shocked to find out that some of the smallest animals are actually the strongest pound-for-pound.

The top two strongest living things are beetles (yes—beetles!) and the strongest mammal is a gorilla. Which other animals are the strongest on Earth? Take a look at this list, and consider which creatures you would not want to go head to head with.

Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Strongest Animals in the World
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The dung beetle is the strongest insect in the world. It can lift up to 1,100 times its own weight.

Rhinoceros beetle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Strongest Animals in the World
Photo:  George Chernilevsky/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

These insects can lift something up to 850 times their own body weight. Essentially, this beetle could carry 850 rhinoceros beetles. 

Leafcutter Ant
Leafcutter Ant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Strongest Animals in the World
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The tiny leafcutter ant can carry things that are up to 50 times its body weight... in its mouth. That's equivalent to a person carrying a truck in their teeth. 

Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Strongest Animals in the World
Photo:  Brocken Inaglory/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA 3.0

A gorilla can lift things over 10 times its own 800-pound body weight. That's equivalent to a gorilla lifting 30 humans. 


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