7 Largest Creatures found in the Amazon

August 04, 2023

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By Aswirbaad Das, Govind Kolady

The Amazon Basin is one of the world’s largest and most diverse hotspots of fauna, stretching across 4.6 million square miles of South America. Let us learn about the 7 largest creatures living there.

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Stunning, elusive and endangered, the mighty jaguar is a fearsome predator in the Amazon. The third-largest cat in the world after lions and tigers, jaguars are expert climbers, swimmers and hunters. They are also very adept at hiding in plain sight.


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Get ready for goosebumps upon seeing the black caiman! These dark, scaly beings are the largest of the Amazon reptiles, growing up to 10–14 feet long and sometimes even weighing over 360 kilograms. They hunt everything that gets in their way, including fellow caimans!

Black Caiman

With their poise and prolific armour, giant armadillos look like knights of the forest! These nocturnal beings can grow up to 5 feet long and weigh up to 60 kilograms. They also possess long front claws and about 80–100 teeth, which is more than any other mammal!

Giant Armadillos

Amazonian manatees are so elusive that they are even called ‘ghost animals’ in the local communities! The smallest of the manatee species, these herbivorous aquatic beings can still grow up to 2.5 metres long and weigh up to 300 kilograms.

Amazonian Manatee

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