15 Unbelievably Giant and Large Animals of Indian Subcontinent

Dense and dark forest of India is an ideal place for the great and giant wild animals such as King Cobra in Kerala, the longest venomous snakes and Indian Giant Squirrel is the largest species of tree squirrel native to India. There are number of large animals in Indian Subcontinent that includes reticulated python,black carpenter ants,Giant flying Squirrel,Indian giant wasp,big India Grasshopper,largest Indian dragonfly, Indian ocean giant tortoise,Giant Indian Land Snail and Belostomatidae water bug.

Indian Giant Squirrel


The Indian giant squirrel also known as Malabar giant squirrel is the state animal of Maharashtra and worlds largest tree squirrel species, endemic to evergreen forests of peninsular India. Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats region of Pune is the best place to spot the Indian giant squirrel, one of the giant wild animals of India.

Indian Flying Fox

Flying Fox India

Greater Indian Fruit Bat is also called as Indian flying fox is one of the largest fruit bat in the world and a species of megabat. They eat only fruits andlick nectar from flowers,Indian flying fox lives in swamps,coastal islands,dense forests and near the bodies of water.

King Cobra


The giant King Cobra is longest venomous snake in the world,found predominantly across the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The king cobra is one of the only few snake-eater in the world including rat snakes, small pythons may also feed on lizards, birds and rodents.

Reticulated Python


The reticulated python is one of the longest snakes and longest reptiles in the world, lives in rain forests,rivers nearby grasslands and found in the Nicobar Islands and northeast region of India. Python Reticulatus along with Indian rock python and Burmese python are nonvenomous constrictors snakes found in India.

Saltwater Crocodiles


The saltwater crocodiles species is the largest of all living reptiles in the world and the largest terrestrial and riparian predator. This species of crocodile is one of the three crocodilians found in India,lives in salt water of mangrove swamps forest of Odisha and Sundarbans.

Giant Water Monitor Lizard

Indian-Monitor- Lizard

Giant monitor lizards lived in eastern part of India and Southeast Asia, One of the lizard species known as Bengal monitor isĀ  found widely distributed over the Indian Subcontinent. This large lizard is said to reach nearly 175 cm and more colourful.

Indian Bullfrog


Indian bullfrog or Hoplobatrachus Tigerinus is a large species of frog found in Indian Subcontinent. The yellowish olive green bullfrogs are largest frog in India and they grow up to 15 cms.

Indian Giant Mantis


Giant Indian mantis or Hierodula Grandis is one of the large mantid also known as Giant Indian Praying Mantis. The praying mantis inhabits in shrubs and tree areas of the Bay of Bengal region and is capable of eating small birds, reptiles and mammals.

Indian Giant Tiger Centipede


Indian Giant Tiger Centipede is a large species of scolopendrid centipede and one of the most beautiful centipedes of the world. This is a large species of centipede which can grow up to 7-8 cm or even more.

Indian Giant Hornet


The giant Indian hornet is one of the largest hornet in the world,live in low mountains and forests of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Northeast India. Vespa Mandarinia wasp of India is the only social wasp and its stings can cause severe reactions.

Giant Golden Orb Spider


The Giant Wood Spider is a species of arachnid found in Indian Subcontinent, It is one of the species of largest spider found in India. Nephila Pilipes spiders commonly found in gardens,forests,swampy regions and near the coasts. Image source:theguardian

Giant Indian Black Scorpion


The giant forest scorpions is also called as Giant Indian Black Scorpion is one of the largest living species of scorpions. Heterometrus Swammerdami is the largest scorpion found in Indian Subcontinent.

Great Indian Bustard


The Great Indian Bustard is among the heaviest of the flying birds in the world,commonly found on the dry plains of the Indian subcontinent. Indian bustard is one of the critically endangered species of bird in India and state bird of Rajasthan.



The nilgai also known as the blue bull is the largest Indian antelope and one of the most commonly seen wild animals in India. Blue bull antelope are found throughout most of India, living in grasslands and woodlands along with blackbuck,chital and hog deer.

Indian Bison


The gaur of Indian Bison is the largest extant bovine and tallest species of wild cattle in India. Indian bison has an endangered status and are among the largest living land animals and the largest wild bovid alive today.

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