Here are the largest amphibians that live on the different continents of the world.
Amphibians are fascinating and amazingly unique animals. As we have learned, amphibians are animals that live partly in waters and on lands. Such animals include frogs, newts, salamanders and others.
1. Chinese Giant Salamander
Chinese Salamanders are enormously large animals endemic to China. These animals are characterized by their peculiar and huge size. This is the world’s largest salamander and the largest amphibians of all reaching a length of up to 180 cm or 6 ft.
2. Japanese Giant Salamander
Another gigantic salamander is the Japanese Giant Salamander (Andrias japonicus) which can be found only in Japan. Its Japanese name is Ōsanshōuo. It can attain a length of up to 1.5 meters and is regarded as the world’s second largest salamander.
This weird-looking creature is said to be the largest known amphibian both in the Americas and Europe where it is native. Also commonly called Water Monster, it is slightly smaller than the Chinese and Japanese Giant Salamander.
Another giant of the amphibian world is the North American Hellbender or Cryptobranchus alleganiensis. This catfish-like creature can measure up to 0.76 m (2.5 ft).
5. Iberian Ribbed Newt
The largest newt in the world is the Iberian Ribbed Newt or Pleurodeles waltl. This enormous newt can attain a length of up to 30 cm or 12 inches in length.
6. Devil Frog (Beelzebufo ampinga)
The most gigantic frog to ever exist on the planet is the Beelzebufo ampinga, a toad found in Madagascar. It lived during the Cretaceous era about 70 million years ago. It weighed up to 4.5 kilograms and attained a length of 41 cm or 16 inches. Other common names of this giant frog are Frog From Hell and Devil Toad.
7. African Goliath Frog
African Goliath Frogs (Conraua goliath) are the largest known species of frog in the world – the largest extant anuran on the planet. These gigantic amphibians are known to reach a length of 33 centimeters and a weight of up to 3 kilograms. They are a major source of protein to many African people.
8. African Bullfrog
The African Bullfrog or Pyxicephalus adspersus is a huge frog species that is widely distributed in Africa. Also commonly known as Pixie Frog, this large amphibian can reach a length of up to 10 inches and can weigh as much as 2 kilograms or more.
9. Cane Toad
The largest toad in the world is the Cane Toad or Bufo marinus. It can attain a length of up to 38 cm or 15 inches and can weigh up to 2.65 kilograms. It is also commonly called the Giant Neotropical toad or Marine Toad and can be found in Central and South America.
10. White-lipped Tree Frog
The largest tree frog in the world is the White-lipped Tree Frog of Australasia. Its binomial name is Litoria infrafrenata. The female of this species which is larger than its male counterpart can reach a length of 14 cm or 5.5 inches.