This is our Top 10 Best List of some of the World’s Slowest Animals some of whom give new meaning to ‘moving at a snail’s pace’.
This top 10 list shows the extremes of animal velocity or lack thereof when compared to our Top 10 Best List of the World’s Fastest Animals.
Animal speed is not always easy to measure, particularly when they move this slow! The speeds are measured over various short distances.
Since they do not move, we’re not including such animals as Coral on our World’s Slowest Animals list. And yes, Coral are animals.
We also didn’t include other ‘animals’ that live a very stationary life, such as mussels and oysters.
Top 10 World’s Slowest Animals
10. Manatee – 3.5 mph
Manatees or sea cows are one of the adorable herbivorous marine animals can be seen in the Amazon, Caribbean seas, and Indian ocean.
Within the United States, they are concentrated in Florida in the winter. In the summer months, they can be found as far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts. But summer sightings are more common in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Manatees live in shallow water and are easily spotted since they’re always found just floating on top of the water, rather than say, actually moving.
9. Koala Bear – 3 mph
Koala Bears are native to the southern part of Australia and can grow to a length of 24 to 33 inches and weigh as much as 30 pounds.
The koala feeds very selectively on the leaves of certain eucalyptus trees. Generally solitary, individuals move within a home range of no more than a dozen trees.
8. Giant Tortoise 2.8 mph
- Giant Tortoises are the world’s slowest reptile.
Giant Tortoises are mainly found in Seychelles and Galapagos Islands and can weigh as much as 800 pounds. The thick legs and heavy shells are also responsible for giant tortoise’s slow movement.
But not only do Giant Tortoises move slow, but they also don’t die very swiftly either, having a life span of 100 to 150 years.
7. Gila Monster – 1.3 mph
Native to southwestern parts of the United States, Gila Monsters are 22 inches long and are venomous. Despite being one of the World’s slowest animals they’re rarely seen they hide under the ground.
But if you happen to run, or should we say, walk very slowly into a Gila Monster, their bite is painful to humans, but it rarely causes death.
The biggest problem you might have will be trying to get the lizard to release its vice-like grip!
6. Loris 1.2 mph
Loris is a medium-sized primate that’s native to southeast Asia, and top out at the amazing (for Three-Toed Sloths) speed of 1.2 miles per hour.
Although slow lorises are slow movers, they frequently ’race walk’ up to 5 miles per night. Equally, lorises are able to remain totally still for hours on end to avoid predators. Click Here for other Loris facts.
5. Seahorse 0.5 mph
- Seahorses are the world’s slowest fish.
Found in both tropical and temperate waters all across the globe, seahorses are arguably one of the most distinctive and charismatic marine wildlife species in existence.
Due to their unique anatomical shape and lack of scales, many people may not consider seahorses ‘fish’ at first, but they are indeed!
But despite being fishes, Seahorses are ridiculously poor swimmers. They are the slowest-moving of all fish species because of an impeccably tiny fin in the middle of their backs being the only way to propel themselves.
4. Banana Slug 0.2 mph
The easily identifiable bright yellow Banana Slug and is commonly found on the redwood forest floor of Northern California.
The Banana Slug is the second largest species of land slug on the planet, reaching up to 10 inches in length over a lifespan of up to seven years
3. Garden Snail 0.03 mph
Garden snails or land snails are members of terrestrial mollusks, native to the Mediterranean region. Unlike slugs, garden snails in America, these Garden Snails have thick coiled shells which makes them so slow in movement, only a few yards in an hour.
They mostly found in wetlands, move through muscular contraction. Garden snails make hibernation for years, they also like to hide away from sunlight.
2. Starfish 0.025 mph
Found within all oceans around the world, Starfishes can’t move long distances, so they use the ocean currents to move.
Starfishes have no blood and brain, if they get cut down into pieces then new starfishes will grow from each of those pieces.
1. Three-Toed Sloth 0.02 mph
Three-toed sloths are the champions of the Top 10 World’s Slowest Animals List.
Three-toed sloths won’t move farther than 100 feet in a day, meaning that they are basically tied to one unique place on Earth.
Sloths spend a major part of their life within the branches of trees, tropical rainforests of Sothern America.
But once a week, they risk climbing down from the rainforest canopy in order to urinate and defecate on the ground.
To make it to the top spot on World’s Slowest Animals list, Three-toed sloths move so slowly that mildew actually grows on their fur.
Click here for other interesting Sloth facts.
World’s Slowest Animals Bonus
Flying at Just 16-28 mph, the American Woodcock is the World’s Slowest Bird.
The American woodcock, sometimes colloquially referred to as the timberdoodle, the bogsucker, the hokumpoke, and the Labrador twister, is a small shorebird species found primarily in the eastern half of North America. Read More