Not all animals are cute and cuddly. Some have scales and creepy mandibles, others are weird and ugly, but the vast majority of all the critters on the planet use their “mouths” to feed. Be it soft grass or hard bones, the food must be chewed, and that’s where the strength of the bite comes in. The pressure that is being exerted is calculated in pounds per square inch or PSI in short. And just to give you a base line, an average human’s bite varies from 100 to 150 pounds (with 250 PSI being the strongest recorded bite).
So let’s see if these 20 animals really can bite off more than they can chew!
20. Cougar PSI: 350
House cats (at least my fluffballs) are terrible at biting, but their cousins – cougars, with their powerful jaw, can crush bones and skulls of its prey with ease.
19. Grey Wolf PSI: 406
Although not nearly as strong as Hyenas, wolves can also gnaw on the bones of their lunch with a relative expertise.
18. Domestic Dogs
I’ll just list the top 4 strongest breeds:
Mastiff PSI: 556
Rottweiler PSI: 328
German Shepherd PSI: 238
American Pitbull with PSI: 235
17. Great White Shark PSI: 669
Are you surprised that the Great White Shark is so far down the list? I know I am. But what it lacks in pressure, it makes up for in the size of its jaw and the sharpness of its knife-like teeth.
16. African Lion PSI: 691
The bigger the cat, the stronger its bite, right? Not exactly. Turns out Lions are really bad at biting. I wouldn’t play around with a hungry Lion.
15. Jaguar PSI: 700
Marginally stronger than lions, Jaguars are even more lethal predators than the King of the animals.
14. Brown Bear PSI: 850
As you may already know, brown bears are insanely strong as are their bites.