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Top 10 Slowest Animal in the World You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Here’s list of Top 10 slowest animal in the World.

The team measured a whole bunch of animals and their reaction times based on something called critical flicker fusion frequency, basically how their body responds to things like flashing lights.

And it turns out, the processing of information is tied to an animal’s size and metabolic rate.

If you ever felt like time’s slowed down before a car accident or a particularly dangerous situation, that’s your body flipping your brain into overdrive, so you have more ability to react.

The slowest animals were the European eel, the leather back turtle, and the black nose shark.

And interestingly, only one animal’s speed doesn’t match its perception. The tiger beetle runs too fast to keep up with its own vision. It has to stop, wait a second, and then run again.

Every animal species have some kind of specialty that make them unique. Some animals have power to run faster than super cars, at same time some species are super slow in motion. And all the glory is bestowed in the animal world to the creatures who are the fastest. But, slow motion animals could be famous for their unique movement.

Below the list of top 10 slowest animals in the world with picture :


10. American Woodcock

American Woodcock - Slowest Animal

The American woodcock sometimes colloquially referred to as the timber doodle, is a small chunky shorebird species found primarily in the eastern half of North America. It is the world’s slowest bird and also included in slowest animals in the world. It has a plump body, short legs, a large, rounded head, and a long, straight prehensile bill. Adults are 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) long and weigh 5 to 8 ounces (140 to 230 g), but females are considerably larger than males.


9. Gila Monster

Gila Monster - Slowest Animal

The Gila monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. It is a heavy- slow moving lizard. Its size can reach up to 60 cm (2.0 ft.) and its weigh is typically in the range of 350 to 700 gm (0.77 to 1.54 lbs). Gila monsters stored the fat within their body, rarely search for food as fat is within their body. It let them to live longer time under the ground and keep with complete rest. The hidden nature also keep away the predators from them, became one of species that make least body movements. They move at a speed of about 667 cm per sec.


8. Loris

Loris - Slowest Animal

Loris is a medium sized primate, often counted among strange and hideous creatures, what with its tennis ball eyes and curiously human-like but strangely long hands. Lorises are nocturnal. They are found in tropical and woodland forests of India, Sri Lanka, and parts of Southeast Asia. Some lorises are almost entirely insectivorous, while others also include fruits, gums, leaves, and slugs in their diet. They have slow movement, at a speed of about 55.5 cm per sec (2 km / hour).

Lori’s special lumbering help them to keep away the predators, let them to live without fear. Loris are also seems as poisonous mammal, one bite will inject enough venom to harm you.


7. Koala Bear

Koala Bear - Slowest Animal

The word koala comes from the “Dharug gula”. The koala Bear is not at all a member of bears. They are a threatened category of arboreal herbivorous marsupial and native to Australia. The strong limbs and claws of koala bear help them to climb on trees in no time, used to have leafs of trees. Kola bears are one of slowest animals, as they are poor at eye sight they spend most of time in trees. The koala has a body length of 60–85 cm (24–33 in) and weighs 4–15 kg (9–33 lbs.). It is easily recognizable by its stout, tailless body and large head with round, fluffy ears and large, spoon-shaped nose. The highest speed of this creature is 447 cm/sec.


6. Banana Slug

Banana Slug - Slowest Animal

Banana slug is a common name for three North American species of terrestrial slug in the genus Ariolimax. They are the member of gastropod mollusca with no shell at all. As the move through muscular contraction became a slowest animal species. These slugs are often yellow in color and are sometimes spotted with brown, like a ripe (or over ripe) banana.

The Pacific banana slug is the second-largest species of terrestrial slug in the world, growing up to 25 centimeters (9.8 in) long, and weights of 115 grams (4.1 ounces). Slugs can only achieve faster movement of 0.2 miles per hour. Most of all time slugs used to lay under the ground for feeding and laying eggs. In that way slugs completely put away movement from one place to another. They also have capacity to live underground for several years in moist condition.


5. Giant Tortoise

Giant Tortoise - Slowest Animal

The giant tortoise is the world’s slowest reptile and one of the slowest animals in the world. Tortoises are vertebrate with longest life span with an average 100 years or more, which is known for its slow movement. Giant tortoises are mainly found in Seychelles and Galapagos Islands. These tortoises can weigh as much as 417 kg (919 lbs.) and can grow to be 1.3 m (4 ft. 3 in) long.

The faster movement of a giant tortoise is 76 cm per sec. Giant tortoises are like to live wet and grass land. They have the capacity to make larger inter storage of water, have power to live without water or food up to a year.


4. Seahorse

Seahorse - Slowest Animal

There are 54 species of Seahorses. They are totally looks like as a horse, that’s why it is named after horse. They are special type of fish species found within tropical waters around the world.  Unlike other species of fishes they are unable to make so much movement in water because of their mysterious body structure, very slow in movements. The size of a seahorse range from 1.5 to 35.5 cm (0.6 to 14.0 in).

Seahorses swim upright, and they do it poorly: they are the slowest moving fish in the world with a top speed of about 5 ft. (1.5 m) per hour!  As they are very slow at movements seas horses used to stay within a unique place in their lifetime. The most interesting thing is that the male seahorses birth babies and take care of them.


3. Three-Toed Sloth

Three-Toed Sloth - Slowest Animal

The three-toed sloths are tree-living mammals from South and Central America. They are the only members of the genus Bradypus and the family Bradypodidae. The word “sloth” is synonymous to laziness. Whether three-toed sloth is one of the slowest animals in the world and most adorable also. It is actually named after its slowness.

Three-toed sloths are about the size of a small dog or a large cat, with the head and body having a combined length around 45 cm (18 in) and a weight of 3.5–4.5 kg (8–10 lbs.). They also have short tails of 6–7 cm (2–3 in). This creature live around 25 to 30 years. Three-toed sloths highest speed is 6.7 cm per sec, (6.5 ft.) per minute, or 0.07 miles per hour and can only travel about 5.6 km in one full day. It can be said that sloths spend major part of their life within branches of trees, tropical rain forests of America. They used to have leaves of trees and conserve more energy through no body movements.


2. Starfish

Starfish - Slowest Animal

There are 2000 different species of star fishes are in total, found in all oceans around the world. They are found from the intertidal zone down to abyssal depths, 6,000 m (20,000 ft.) below the surface. Interestingly start fishes can’t move long distance, used to travel along with ocean currents. Some starfish move fast, but most of them cannot move quickly. Their average speed may be about 0.89-2.7 cm/sec, 0.02 miles per hour. The leather star moves at a rate of just 15 cm (6 in) a minute. But the sand star can travel at a whooping speed of 2.8 meters (9 ft. 2 in) per minute and that’s 0.168 km/h (about 0.1 mph).


1. Garden Snail

Garden Snail - Slowest Animal

Garden snails is member of terrestrial molluscs, native to Mediterranean region. It is also known as land snail. The slimy, slithery animal leaves behind a wet trail along its path and makes us squirm. It moves at a top speed of 1.3 centimeters per second, that’s less than a meter a minute (78 cm to be exact), or 47 meters (154 ft.) an hour. This means that it will take a snail over 21 hours to move just one km (0.6 mile).

They mostly found in wetlands, move through muscular contraction. Garden snails also make hibernation for years, they also like to hide away from sunlight.

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