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The largest (heaviest) reptiles – Top 10

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20 October 2016

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The largest (heaviest) reptiles – Top 10

The biggest reptiles Top 10

The knowledge that big reptiles ruled the Earth millions of years ago, has been with us from an early age. With flushed cheeks, we read statements of the largest and heaviest dinosaurs. Both predatory and herbivorous.

What are today’s reptiles? Are modern reptiles equal the size of the reptiles from the past, or whether they are much smaller? How do they look on the background of modern animals and which reptiles are the biggest, heaviest and longest?

Many similar questions are often sent to our editorial staff. Today’s statement is just to answer these questions.

A few words about the statement

The summary includes the heaviest reptiles that occur today on Earth. In comparison, there are reptiles whose average weight for a given species is greatest – this is our starting point and decisive factor in position of a reptile in a statement. Besides, it was given the maximum record (verified) weight for each species and the average length of these reptiles.

The heaviest reptiles are crocodiles and turtles

As you can see, the table is dominated by crocodiles and turtles. So, you will not find Komodo dragon, because, although its length will allow it to be found here, this lizard is a lot lighter than the heaviest reptiles.

In the table, there is also no place for the largest snakes, because although the anaconda can reach up to 7 meters long and reticulated python almost 10 meters and 160 kg in weight, in comparison to the crocodiles or turtles they are light weight… and they are often a snack for largest predatory reptiles.

Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Largest (heaviest) reptiles – Top 10

15. Galápagos tortoise – 400 kg / 880 lb

  • Average weight: 175 kg (390 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 400 kg (880 lb)
  • Average length: 1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Galápagos giant tortoise

Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)

14. Slender-snouted crocodile – 325 kg / 720 lb

  • Average weight: 180 kg (400 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 325 kg (720 lb)
  • Average length: 3.3 m (10.8 ft)
Slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus)

Slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus)

13. Green sea turtle – 395 kg / 871 lb

  • Average weight: 190 kg (419 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 395 kg (871 lb)
  • Average length: 1.12 m (3.67 ft)
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

12. Loggerhead sea turtle – 545 kg / 1202 lb

  • Average weight: 200 kg (441 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 545 kg (1202 lb)
  • Average length: 0.95 m (3.2 ft)
Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

11. Aldabra giant tortoise – 360 kg / 790 lb

  • Average weight: 205 kg (450 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 360 kg (790 lb)
  • Average length: 1.4 m (4.6 ft)
Aldabra giant tortoise

Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea)

10. False gharial – 500 kg / 1,100 lb

  • Average weight: 210 kg (460 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 500 kg (1,100 lb)
  • Average length: 4.0 m (13.1 ft)
False gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii)

False gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii)

9. Mugger crocodile – 700 kg / 1,500 lb

  • Average weight: 225 kg 9495 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 700 kg / 1,500 lb
  • Average length: 3.3 m (10.8 ft)
Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)

Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)

8. American alligator – 1,000 kg / 2,205 lb

  • Average weight: 240 kg (530 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 1,000 kg (2,205 lb)
  • Average length: 3.4 m (11.2 ft)
American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

7. Gharial – 977 kg / 2,150 lb

  • Average weight: 250 kg (550 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 977 kg (2,150 lb)
  • Average length: 4.5 m (14.8 ft)
Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)

Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)

6. American crocodile – 1,000 kg/ 2,200 lb

  • Average weight: 335 kg (739 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb)
  • Average length: 4 m (13.1 ft)
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

5. Black caiman – 1,100 kg / 2,400 lb

  • Average weight: 350 kg (770 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 1,100 kg (2,400 lb)
  • Average length: 3.9 m (12.8 ft)
Black caiman (Melanosuchus niger)

Black caiman (Melanosuchus niger)

4. Leatherback sea turtle – 932 kg / 2,050 lb

  • Average weight: 364 kg (800 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 932 kg (2,050 lb)
  • Average length: 2 m (6.6 ft)
Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

3. Orinoco crocodile – 1,100 kg /2,425 lb

  • Average weight: 380 kg (838 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 1,100 kg (2,425 lb)
  • Average length: 4.1 m (13.5 ft)
Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius)

Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius)

2. Nile crocodile – 1,090 kg/ 2,403 lb

  • Average weight: 410 kg (904 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 1,090 kg (2,403 lb)
  • Average length: 4.2 m (13.8 ft)
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

1. Saltwater crocodile – 2,000 kg / 4,409 lb

  • Average weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Maximum weight: 2,000 kg / 4,409 lb
  • Average length: 4.5 m (14.8 ft)
saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

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