Top 10 Slowest Animals In The World


We have all had days where getting out of bed feels nearly impossible. Most of us are guilty of

 spending, at least one day off, on the couch, covered in cheese cracker dust, as “one more episode” plays on the laptop teetering on a bloated, junk food day, belly. Most of us. While living like a sloth or “going at a snails pace” might seem like an everyday expression reserved for Monday’s or people we hate. For some animals, moving at a slow place it what defines most of their existence. Today we explore the Top 10 Slowest Animals In The World.

10. Manatee

Manatee Slowest Animals In The World

This obese looking herbivore glides through coastal waters at a yawn-provoking 19 miles per hours. Related to the elephant, the Manatee dines primarily on sea greens. Using it’s molars to grind meals and snacks that easily add up to over 100 pounds of sea vegetation a day. Resembling more of a potato with fins than an elephant, the Manatee spends most of it’s time casually gliding through 70-degree waters near the surface finding easy access to air, well deserving of a spot on the list of the Top 10 Slowest Animals In The World. 

9. Gila Monster

Gila Monster

The Gila Monster, a sluggish scoundrel reaching up to 24 inches in length, can be found with dragging its belly along desert floors at a neck breaking the speed of up to fifteen miles an hour. The venomous lizard’s bite often compared to that of a diamondback rattlesnake, the Gila monster earns the name monster with it’s poisonous fastening bite. The Gila monster is able to defend and provide for itself while moving at the speed of traffic in front of an elementary school on an early release day. 

8. American Woodcock

American Woodcock Slowest Animals In The World

The American and Eurasian woodcock have an impressive 360 degree, primo bird vision. No doubt, the woodcocks superhero like vision is compensation for it’s passive and slow-moving nature. Lighting up the speedometer at a full a 5 miles per hour, the woodcock and the five variety of woodcock that exists, enjoy spending the time in beds of dead leaves, waiting for the sun to start setting, allowing it to hunt for hearty earthworms at the leisure of the woodcock. 

7. Koala

Koala Slowest Things In The World

Finally! A Marsupial makes the list of the Top 10 Slowest Animals In The World. The Koala bear is a bear that isn’t a bear at all. This furry, beady-eyed, marsupial grows in a pouch and makes it slows emergence into the world. Spending most of their day sleeping, up to 20 hours, curled up in the tree it will occasionally wake and eat from. With reports of koalas traveling at speeds between 6-15 miles an hour, the koala has earned its place on our top 10 list and probably isn’t moving anytime soon. 

6. Sloth

Sloth Slowest Animals In The World

This weirdly adorable arboreal animal is an obvious contender for a spot on the Top 10 Slowest Animals In The World list. Known for their five-hour work days and nineteen hour long naps, slots, two and three toed, only go to the bathroom once every seven or so days. Hanging out in tree canopies, rarely moving, sloths crawl along at a pace of up to .17 miles per hour. Though they might not bring the chips in a dip on time, sloths are excellent swimmers and great listeners. 

5. Sea Star

Sea Star Top 10 Slowest Animals In The World

You might recognize our next slow moving animal as a “starfish” but more recently, there has been an outcry of support to change the common name of the starfish to “Sea Star”. The hope is that the name, Sea Star better reflects the identity of this fascinating creature. Not technically a fish, the Sea Star is an echinoderm and closer in relation to a sea urchin rather than a fish. Growing up to 15 pounds and over nine inches in some cases, the sea star moves at a slow and steady pace of .3 millimeters a second. Though their thick, protective, calcified skins protect them from most predators, the are able to regenerate more than half of their body should terror strike. 

4. Giant Galapagos Tortoise

Giant Galapagos Tortoise

Once reportedly teetering on the edge of extinction, the Giant Galapagos tortoise, found exclusively on the Galapagos Isles is the largest tortoise in the world. Traveling at a top speed of 1 mph the Giant Galapagos tortoises finds it’s way on the list of the world’s 10 slowest animals. With males checking in at over 500 pounds the Giant Galapagos tortoise can last up to one year without food. When it is able to dine on greens, flowers, and other vegetation, the Giant Galapagos tortoise packs it away just in case a rainy 365 days strike. The giant Galapagos not only moves at a slow pace because of its anatomical features, but it also keeps the go slow in a means to conserve its energy. 

3. European Brown Garden Snail

European Brown Garden Snail 10 Slowest Animals

Always late to the party, the European Brown Garden Snail drags its calcified hatch along it’s slimy trail at a whopping .029 miles per hour. What is more stunning than it’s slow. sluggish, speed is the fact that the European Brown Garden snail can be found in parts all over the world. At less than two inches in height and width, the European Brown Garden Snail has been nibbling on the big green garden in countries like Mexico, Argentina, and Africa. 

2. Banana Slug

Banana Slug Slowest Animal

Turns out this slow, slimily, slug isn’t a banana at all! Sliding in at 0.006 mph, the banana slug climbs up and down trees, at times dropping and landing safely from distance over six feet. The mollusk can weigh up to 72 grams and lives primarily feeds off of vegetation and when needed, other slugs. 

1. Seahorse

Seahorse Slowest Animals In The World

Our number one on our top ten list of the 10 Slowest Animals In The World is the Seahorse. Which is not a horse! The curiously cute creatures are actually fish, gills and all! Moving at an impressive one-hundredth mile per hour the seahorse spends it’s days dreaming of what could really be. Found all over the world, from one inch to over one foot in size, the lucky ones can be found in beautiful blue tropical water and delightfully colored patches of coral. Now facing extinction, seahorses could commonly be found with their tales wrapped around a piece of seaweed rocking back and forth, very slowly.

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