Superlatives- Animal Dimensions Guessing Game


Superlative adjectives and numbers to describe extreme animals

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Superlative animals dimensions guessing

Comparative and superlative/ Pronouncing numbers

Take a card and ask a question about one dimension on that card, giving the superlative sentence but not the name of the animal, e.g. “It’s the largest animal to have ever lived. How heavy is it?” Give hints like “Much longer” and “A little wider” until exactly the right answer is guessed. See if your partners can then guess the name of the animal, then do the same with other dimensions of the same animal.


The largest animal to have ever lived – the blue whale


190 tonnes

3340 cm long



The largest living land animal – African bush elephant


1070 cm long

396 cm high



Tallest living land animal – giraffe


580 cm tall

2000 kg



The largest living land carnivore – polar bear


310 cm long

1002 kg



The largest flying mammal – Giant golden-crowned flying fox (bat)


55 cm long

180 cm wide



The largest marsupial – red kangaroo


91 kg

218 cm tall





The heaviest primate (monkey or ape) – gorilla


194 cm tall

266 kg



The longest venomous snake – king cobra


570 cm long

13 kg



The largest living lizard – Komodo dragon


313 cm long

166 kg



The longest animal to ever live on land – diplodocus (dinosaur)


25 m long




The largest living bird – ostrich


280 cm high

156 kg



The largest bird of prey – Eurasian black vulture


14 kg

120 cm long

310 cm wide



The heaviest insect – Goliath beetle


100 g

12 cm long

25 cm wide (wingspan)





The longest insect – stick insect


57 cm long




The heaviest snake – green anaconda


250 kg

8 m long



The longest snake – reticulated python


10 m long

158 kg



The smallest lizard – gecko


16 mm long




The smallest bird – bee hummingbird


1.8 g

5 cm long

Its nest is 3 cm wide



The smallest mammal – Kitti’s Hog-nosed bat


4 cm long

2 g


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