15 ANIMALS WITH THE STRONGEST BITE FORCE . We’ve had your curiosity on our minds because we know how wild animals impress and inspire. This time, we’re looking at the 15 strongest jaws on Earth. You may be surprised at just how strong a human bite is in comparison. Keep reading to learn more about the predators who can give you nightmares!
- BLACK PIRANHA
Their incredible bite force, despite their size, is almost the same as a sharks of similar size and the razor-sharp teeth make them a difficult catch to try to reel in.
- ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE
- While you may think of turtles as small and cute, beware of an alligator snapping turtle. They can easily snap off your finger! More modest in size than most other types of turtles, their jaws still pack an impressive bite force for their size. They are also known to hunt for fish and small mammals with ease.
- BENGAL TIGER
Bengal tigers can have very powerful bite forces due to their large canine teeth. These big cats also have the ability to drag prey heavier than themselves for a distance of more than half a mile.
- SPOTTED HYENA
When we think about the purpose of the spotted hyena’s big jaws, it’s probably because they can really use them to their advantage. They’ll crack hooves and break bones with this powerful bite, and they’ll eat almost every part of their prey. They also hunt in groups of up to 80 members per clan and will often steal prey that other animals have taken down. These smart predators make sure they don’t waste any meal!
- GRIZZLY BEAR
Despite their large size, grizzly bears are truly omnivores. You’ll see this from the fact that they need to eat both plants and animals like edibles and meat in order to stay healthy. They will feast on rodents, trout, plants, and a wide range of other food items that includes berries, fruit, and nuts.
- POLAR BEAR
They typically hunt for seals near breathing holes, waiting for their prey to come out. Sometimes when food runs low, they’ll eat small fish or even whale carcasses (which can be a surprising feast) as well as berries.
- WESTERN GORILLA
The muscles of gorillas are well-adapted for their powerful grips and bites. These apes are also well-known for their large bodies and 10 times their body weight’s worth of strength.
- BULL SHARK
Water is often murky, and many prey items are hard to encounter, they use their biting power to quickly seize their target and bring it down once they break or snap its shell or bones.
On the hunt, a jaguar can accelerate up to forty miles per hour, but when they seize prey, they exert their bite force relentlessly. They kill their prey by biting completely through the skull, which generates even more power through the crush of bone and tissue. This is only possible because of their stronger bite force than any other cat.
Hippos are plenty dangerous, with their 9-foot head smash and 1,800 PSI bite force. They’re also known for being unpredictable and aggressive – but many have survived encounters against these animals.
The walrus’s powerful bite is not to be taken lightly. These animals feed on more than just shellfish, occasionally killing seals and fighting polar bears with their huge tusks.
- AMERICAN ALLIGATOR
The great thing about American alligators is that they have weak opening jaw muscles. Although don’t be surprised if you end up locked in their mouth – the powerful closing muscles create over 2,000 PSI! They can use those jaws to crack turtle shells and easily eat mammals, birds, fish, or frogs.
- SALTWATER CROCODILE
Not only do crocodiles have powerful bites, but saltwater crocodiles are also the largest of the species. This includes growing to 1,000 pounds and responsible for around 3,000 to 5,000 human deaths every year. While a 17-foot today’s standard-sized croc has a bite force of 3,700 PSI, scientists estimated that prehistoric 40-foot crocs would probably have a bite force of 23,000 PSI!
- GREAT WHITE SHARK
Learning of the great white shark is surprising when you realize that they are the world’s largest predators and humans consider them to be a threat. They use bursts of speed to collide with their prey while biting them with rows of sharp teeth. Scientists have established that the average great white measuring 21 feet long generates bite forces around 4,000 PSI.
There’s little surprise that great white sharks are top predators and feared by most humans. They can generate unbelievable bite forces, up to 4,000 PSI, through their rows of sharp teeth.
- NILE CROCODILE
Some individuals have been shown to actually chomp down at a rate of 5,000 PSI. That’s around 30 times the force exerted by an average human bite! These predators are masters of ambushing and eating large amounts of their sustenance with little effort.
Although many animals have stronger bite forces than humans, the croc takes the cake!