Top 10 Toughest Animals

The Top Ten
1 Honey Badger The honey badger, also known as the ratel, is widely distributed in Africa, Southwest Asia, and in the Indian subcontinent.

Not only are they technically immune to knives and teeth, but they can also survive snake venom. They have been named the "world's most fearless animal."

Black Mamba? Out of my way. Lion? Pathetic. African Rock Python? Pah! Honey badgers are savage.

They are so tough and reckless because nothing gets in their way.

2 Tiger The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera. It is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on orange fur with a white underside. An apex predator, it primarily preys on ungulates such as deer and wild boar. It is territorial and generally... read more

The tiger has an advantage over the lion because it has a fierce reputation as the King of the Jungle, being the largest cat on the planet.

A tiger would kill a lion and is stronger, faster, and much more lethal. All this lion is the best and strongest animal talk is nonsense. A tiger would kill one any day.

This is my favorite animal because tigers always know their own strengths, and they're smarter than lions or snakes. Tigers are tough.

3 Lion The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is... read more

From cubs to adulthood, no mammal has a more brutal and violent life than lions. The lion has it all: 59.8% muscle mass, the most of all land mammals. As social creatures, they are the most intelligent cats. Lions use more complex hunting tactics than any other big cats. In the 2016 intelligence test, hyenas came first, lions second, leopards third, and tigers last. The fearless lion can attack from all angles and is much more physical in his hunts than the tiger. According to the BBC, the lion has by far the world's greatest predator-prey weight ratio.

4 Water Bear

How did the lion get the top place!?!? Water bears are the toughest animals ever! They live for 60 years and can survive 10 years without water. They can survive extreme heat and extreme cold, live without oxygen, withstand dangerous radiation, and survived the five mass extinctions.

5 Rhino A rhinoceros, commonly abbreviated to rhino, is a member of any of the five extant species (or numerous extinct species) of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae. (It can also refer to a member of any of the extinct species of the superfamily Rhinocerotoidea.) Two of the extant species are... read more

They are tough and strong, with no enemy except humans.

6 Hyena Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.
7 Hippopotamus The common hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus.

The hippo is the toughest animal. In fact, a hippo might be the toughest.

8 Wolf The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. Over thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, with gray wolves comprising the wild subspecies. As the largest extant member of the Canidae family, the wolf is distinguished... read more
9 Orca The Orca, or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca), is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. It is recognizable by its black-and-white patterned body. Orcas are a cosmopolitan species and can be found in all of the world's oceans, in a variety of marine environments,... read more

Orcas are super tough, maybe the toughest in the whole ocean!

10 Cheetah The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat and native to Africa and central Iran. It is the fastest land animal, estimated to be capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph) with the fastest reliably recorded speeds being 93 and 98 km/h (58 and 61 mph), and as such has several adaptations... read more

Lions sleep most of the time in their daily lives, but the cheetah runs all day long.

The Contenders
11 Shark Sharks are a group of elasmobranch fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Modern sharks are classified within the clade Selachimorpha (or Selachii) and are the sister group to the rays. However,... read more
12 Snake Snakes are elongated, limbless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all other squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey... read more

Snakes can be super tough, but they're not the toughest.

13 Ape
14 Jaguar The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a large cat species and the only living member of the genus Panthera native to the Americas. With a body length of up to 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) and a weight of up to 158 kg (348 lb), it is the largest cat species in the Americas and the third largest in the world. Its distinctively... read more

It's simple: the jaguar is the toughest animal. If they met, a jaguar would defeat a lion.

Jaguars are super tough and almost the toughest animals in North America.

15 Crocodile Crocodiles (family Crocodylidae) or true crocodiles are large semiaquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. The term crocodile is sometimes used even more loosely to include all extant members of the order Crocodilia, which includes the alligators... read more

Crocodiles are super tough, maybe the toughest animals.

16 Buffalo A large herbivore native to North America and Africa, buffaloes are known for their strong social structure and herding behavior. In North America, they are more correctly referred to as bison, whereas the term buffalo is accurate for the African and Asian species.
17 Tyrannosaurus Tyrannosaurus, meaning "tyrant lizard", from the Ancient Greek tyrannos, "tyrant", and sauros, "lizard" is a genus of coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur. It also had a tremendous bite force, the strongest of any Dinosaur and living terrestrial animal. Its bite force reached up to 12,800 pounds (roughly... read more
18 Ankylosaurus Ankylosaurus is a genus of armored dinosaur. Fossils of Ankylosaurus have been found in geological formations dating to the very end of the Cretaceous Period, between about 68–66 million years ago, in western North America, making it among the last of the non-avian dinosaurs.
19 Wolverine The wolverine, Gulo gulo, also referred to as the glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae.

Honey Badgers of North America and Eurasia could probably tear a Honey Badger apart as well. Don't mess with a Wolverine. They chase off bears, wolves, mountain lions, and, in some rare cases, tigers.

You know an animal is deadly when it has bears, wolves, and mountain lions running for their lives. Wolverines are deadly, seriously.

Small but tough, though less famous.

20 Mountain Lion The cougar, also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.

They have been known to chase off entire wolf packs.

21 Bear Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae. They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears... read more
22 Bull
23 Dog The dog or domestic dog (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, and is characterized by an upturning tail. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated,... read more

Tougher than we give them credit for. Look at the Kangal - much less likely to back down from a fight than, say, a lion or a wolf.

24 Human Humans (Homo sapiens) are the most abundant and widespread species of primate, characterized by bipedalism and large, complex brains. This has enabled the development of advanced tools, culture, and language. Humans are highly social and tend to live in complex social structures composed of many cooperating... read more

Lives best from a vegan/vegetarian diet. But can cook and eat meat in emergencies. Can survive the desert, the forest, sub zero temperatures. Have managed to fly higher than any bird. Can produce guns to kill elephants. Have survived in space for shorter periods. The only animals known to arson enemies. Can replace limbs and organs with cybernetic parts. Have lived more than 100 years. Can create vehicles that no other animal can destroy. Have used nuclear weapons. Can survive hundreds of meters under sea levels.

25 Mongoose A small, carnivorous mammal found mainly in Africa and parts of Asia, the mongoose is known for its agility and speed. It feeds primarily on insects, small animals, and is famous for its ability to combat venomous snakes.
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