16 Things That Are About 5 Meters (m) Long

Ever wondered what type of things are five meters long? Five meters is equivalent to 16 feet. In case that still has you guessing, here is a list of twelve things we’ve compiled that are 5 meters.

1. Giraffe

The average giraffe stands about six meters tall. That’s just one meter taller than five meters. Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are about 6 feet.

2. Volkswagen Beetle

A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures about 4 meters, that’s just slightly less than 5 meters. The Beetle was the longest continuously-produced automobile design, from 1938 to 2003, the Beetle was voted the fourth-most influential car of the twentieth century by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation.

3. ½ Telephone Pole

A standard telephone pole is 11 meters high. That’s about half of five meters long. There are 180 million utility poles in the U.S., and the tallest pole is 1,137 feet tall.

4. Twice The Size of Andre’ The Giant

Actor and wrestler, Andre’ the Giant, (Andre Ruossimoff) had a pituitary syndrome called acromegaly and was 2.2 meters tall. That’s half the size of five meters and would put him close to eight feet tall.

5. Twice The Size of Shaq

Professional basketball player, Shaquille (Shaq) O’Neal is 2.2 meters tall. Shaq maintains an active interest in police work and has served as a reserve officer in both Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida while playing for NBA franchises in those cities.

6. 1/3 Hollywood Signs

Each of the white letters on the infamous Hollywood sign located in the Santa Monica Mountains in California measure 15 meters tall. That sign is three times the height of five meters. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.

7. Two Full-Sized Sofas

Although there’s no standard size for a sofa because they tend to vary in length, it’s common for a sofa to measure between 72 to 96 inches or 2 to 2.5 meters long. Picturing two sofas of this size lined up together will give you an example of something that is five meters long.

8. Five Walking Steps

Using adult walking steps is a great way to determine the length of something larger in size using meters. Most adult steps will measure around three feet each, which is right around one meter long. Imagine then, every time you walk five steps, you’ve walked about five meters in length.

9. 2 ½ Queen-Sized Beds

The queen-sized bed is considered the most common bed size for many people. The standard size for a queen-size mattress is 60 inches wide x 80 inches long. This is equal to 5 feet wide x 6.67 feet long or 1.5 meters wide x 2 meters long. Therefore, if you can imagine two and a half queen-sized mattresses lined up together in a row, they would equal around five meters long. 

10. Octopus

Octopuses come in many different sizes. The giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) is the largest. They typically grow to 16 feet, which is exactly 5 meters long and weigh around 110 lbs., but one was recorded to weigh more than 600 lbs. and measure 30 feet, according to National Geographic. The smallest octopus is the Octopus wolfi. It is smaller than an inch long and weighs less than a gram.

11. Two Adult Male California Sea Lions

Male California sea lions average between 600-800 pounds but can weigh up to 1000 pounds. Females weigh 200 pounds and up. Males can be up to 8 feet long and females are around 6 feet long. Two male California sea lions side by side are five meters long.

12. Two Grevy’s Zebra

Grevy’s zebra is the largest species of zebra and is often found in Kenya. The Grevy’s zebra measures 2.5 to 3 meters (8 to 10 feet) from head to tail. That would put two of them side by side about 5 meters long. They stand 1.25 to 1.6 meters (4 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 3 inches) high at the shoulder. They can weigh 770 to 990 pounds.

13. 3 LLamas

The height of a full-grown llama is between 5.5 feet to 6 feet at the top of the head. Three full-grown lamas side by side would equal the length of five meters. They can weigh between 280 pounds and 450 pounds.

14. Southern White Rhinoceros

A rhinoceros is a huge animal. They are the third-largest land mammal in the world. One can weigh between 3500 and 6000 pounds. Their heads alone can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. They are around 12 feet long and can stand five to six feet tall. The length of one Southern white rhinoceros is close to five meters long.

15. Boa Constrictor

The average size of a boa constrictor is 13 feet long, almost as long as five meters. The average weight is 60 pounds and their life span is 20 to 30 years.

16. Burmese Python

The Burmese python is one of the largest species of snakes. In the wild, the Burmese python generally grows to 16 feet long, which is exactly five meters. History has proven that some have even grown longer than that. They can weigh up to 200 pounds.