Extreme Wildlife

The Good Lord created some truly extreme creatures. From the extremely massive gray whale to the extraordinarily powerful jaguar we have created an ever-growing database of extreme wildlife profiles. From A-Z to everything in between we are your source for information on the wildest of the wild. If you have any questions on Extreme Wildlife click here to contact us.

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Species: Anaconda

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Photo by JanRehschuh/Wikimedia Commons

Range: The northern half of South America.

Extreme Attributes: These are the snakes nightmares are made of. They can grow up to 30 feet in length and can way more than 500 pounds. They are so powerful one of their primary food items is the caiman which is a South American member of the crocodile family.

Obscure Facts: Mating can be competitive in the Anaconda’s world. During the breeding cycle several malls may from a “breeding ball” around the female that can last for up to a month.

B

Species: Box Jellyfish

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Range: Australia and most of the Indo-Pacific region.

Extreme Attributes: They have the most highly toxic venom in the world and are the cause of beach closures and deaths every year.

Obscure Facts: Several species of sea turtles are immune to the venom and regular prey on this relatively small species of jellyfish.

C

Species: Cape Buffalo

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Range: Southern Africa

Extreme Attributes: They are one of the most highly aggressive animals in the world. They will vigorously defend their own and are one of the few animals that have been verified to go seek out help and return with other members of the herd to fight lions and humans that have preyed on a herd member.

Obscure Facts: They are not closely related to the Asian water buffalo nor are they in the lineage of domestic cattle. The origins of the Cape Buffalo remains a mystery.

D

Species: Death Adder

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Range: Australia, New Guinea

Extreme Attributes: This snake’s first name is “death” so it makes sense that it is has a bad bite. Their venom is so toxic that more than 50 percent of it’s bite victims who receive antivenom still die.

Obscure Facts: These snakes rarely retreat and instead rely on camouflage to remain hidden and to hunt. This trait leads to many of the bites encountered in their native lands.

E

Species: Elephant (African)

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Range: Southern half of Africa

Extreme Attributes: These are the largest land animals on the planet. The largest recorded specimen stood more than 13 feet tall at the shoulders and weighed 10 tons.

Obscure Facts: There are two varieties of African elephant, the “bush elephant” which is found in the savannahs and is the largest of the two and the smaller “forest elephant” which is quite a bit smaller and is found in the dense rainforests.

F

Species: Flying Fox

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Public Domain Photo

Range: Indo-Pacific region including India, Australia and New Guinea

Extreme Attributes: These are by far the largest bats in the world with wingspans of up to five feet.

Obscure Facts: Despite their frightening appearance, these bats are harmless fruit eaters. There are many varieties ranging from the aptly named dwarf flying fox to the massive black-bearded.

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Species: Great White Shark

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: All warm oceans and seas.

Extreme Attributes: Great whites are the largest predatory shark on the planet with the ability to feed on animals as large as the elephant seal which can itself reach weights of 2,000 pounds. They are responsible for more human fatalities than any other shark despite relative scarcity.

Obscure Facts: Great whites are listed as an endangered species in the state of California  as research has shown the northern Pacific population is distinct from all others. Scientists estimate their could be as few as 340 individuals in this population.

H

Species: Hyena

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Sub-Saharan Africa

Extreme Attributes: These animals have some of the most powerful teeth and jaws of any mammal. They eat bones, hide, sinews and all parts of an animal and are able to easily process it in their digestive tract. They are scavengers but also hunters with a fearsome reputation in many parts of their range.

Obscure Facts: It is impossible to distinguish the sex of hyena outwardly. Scientists must use electronic scans to determine male and female. That is not just extreme. It’s weird!

I

Species: Indri

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Madagascar

Extreme Attributes: They are the largest of the lemurs and arguably the most vocal. They let out intense and long vocalizations for up to three minutes at a time.

Obscure Facts: Indri’s practice monogamy and will only seek out another mate after theirs has died.

J

Species: Jaguar

Photo by Chester Moore, Jr.
Photo by Chester Moore, Jr.

Range: Argentina to the Southern United States.

Extreme Attributes: The bite of the jaguar is twice as powerful as that of a Siberian tiger, a cat that can weigh twice as much as the jaguar. They routinely hunt and kill caimans (South American crocodilian) and usually kill them with one bite through the skull.

Obscure Facts: Jaguar were once verified to roam as far east in the United State as Louisiana. Famous naturalist and painter John James Audubon wrote that General Sam Houston told him there were, “Lots of jaguars east of the San Jacinto (River).”

K

Species: Komodo Dragon

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Public Domain Photo

Range: These lizards live only on five islands in Indonesia.

Extreme Attributes: Any lizard that hunts down full grown deer is extreme. They will often grab the deer and if it does not die immediately the bacteria in their saliva causes an infection and the deer dies a few days later. At that point the dragon moves in to feed.

Obscure Facts: There are only around 5,000 of these lizards left in the wild, making them a considerably endangered species.

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Species: Liger

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Ligers are only known to live in captivity but it is believed there were once wild specimens when lion and tiger populations overlapped in Asia.

Extreme Attributes: They are the largest cats in the world with individuals weighing up to 900 pounds.

Obscure Facts: The liger is the hybrid of a male lion and a female tiger. If a female lion and male tiger produce offspring, it is called a “tigon” and they are about the size of an average tiger, or about half the size of a liger at adulthood.

M

Species: Manta Ray

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: All warm oceans and seas

Extreme Attributes: These massive rays have been recorded to have wingspans of as much as 23 feet.

Obscure Facts: Manta rays visit “cleaning stations” on reefs where small fish descend upon them to clean off parasites. These creatures are huge but docile.

N

Species: Nurse Shark

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Public Domain Photo

Range: Warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans

Extreme Attributes: Nurse sharks live in a wide variety of depths from three feet to as deep as 300 feet. They are also known to  live in large groups in caves during daylight hours and move out to feed at night.

Obscure Facts: Unlike most sharks which most constantly move, nurse sharks do just fine lying motionless on the bottom.

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Species: Octopus

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: All warm oceans and seas.

Extreme Attributes: Octopi are extremely intelligent creatures that have been proven to have the ability to negotiate mazes and have both short and long-term memory.

Obscure Facts: The giant Pacific 0ctopus has been documented to have an arm span of up to 14 feet in length.

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Species: Poison Dart Frog

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Public Domain Photo

Range: Central and South America

Extreme Attributes: The poison of some varieties of dart frog is highly venomous. The golden dart frog has enough poison to 20 men and up to 10,000 mice.

Obscure Facts: South American natives rub their arrow and blowgun dart tips on these frogs to help them killing monkeys and other game.

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Species: Quetzal

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Central and South America

Extreme Attributes: These birds have some of the brightest plumage but can remain hidden among the dense leaves of the rainforests they inhabit.

Obscure Facts: These fairly large birds feed mainly on nuts and fruits but will occasionally eat frogs.

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Species: Rhinocerous (White)

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Southern Africa

Extreme Attributes: These are the second largest land animal on the planet, weighing as much as 9,000 pounds.

Obscure Facts: The rhinocerous may be huge but their brain is small. An elephant has a larger brain than a human but the rhinocerous has one the size of a house cat’s brain

S

Species: Sun Bear

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Southeast Asia

Extreme Attributes: These are the smallest of bears but also the most aggressive. They are known to attack without any provocation.

Obscure Facts: Sun bears have the largest canine of any bear along with curved claws that help them rip bark from trees and dig for food in their forest home.

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Species: Tapir

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: South America, Southeast Asia

Extreme Attributes: These are the largest native mammals in South America, weighing up to 800 pounds.

Obscure Facts: Tapirs have a short, prehensile trunk which is actually an extension of the upper lip that allows them to grip their food items.

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Species: Urial

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Central Asia

Extreme Attributes: These rams live in some of the most rugged habitats on the planet and sport some of the largest horns of any wild sheep species.

Obscure Facts: They will sometimes hybridize with wild mouflon sheep where their ranges overlap.

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Species: Vampire Bat

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Range: Central and South America

Extreme Attributes: As the name implies, these creatures survive on blood. They prey on other mammals at night and do occasionally take blood from humans.

Obscure Facts: These bats have recently been found along the Texas-Mexico border and there was a verified attack on humans in Big Bend National Park.

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Species: Wolverine

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Range: Subarctic regions of Alaska, Canada and Europe

Extreme Attributes: These animals have more attitude than just about any other creature on the planet. They have been known to fight off bears, cougars and packs of wolves in defense of food.

Obscure Facts: Wolverines have huge home ranges and radio telemetry studies show they can move several hundred miles in only a few months.

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Species: X-Ray Tetra

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Public Domain Photo

Range: South America

Extreme Attributes: We need an “X” creature and this one qualifies. Its super clear body allows you to view its internal organs as if you were looking at an x-ray.

Obscure Facts: Although a freshwater fish, some varieties can tolerate brackish water.

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Species: Yak

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Range: The mountainous regions of Central Asia

Extreme Attributes: Yaks are able to tolerate severely cold weather and are the largest animals in their native range.

Obscure Facts: Although it is perceived they are a stinky animal, yaks in fact have no outer odor whatsoever.

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Species: Zebu

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Photo courtesy Wiki Commons

Range: Asia and Africa

Extreme Attributes: There are 75 known varieties of these wild cattle making them one of the most diverse large mammal species on the planet. They are extremely hardy and can survive in a variety of climates.

Obscure Facts: The Brahman, a common bull in rodeos in America, is a descendant of the zebu.

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