Top 3 Slowest Animals in the World

American Woodcock

The fastest animals often live in the air. The peregrine falcon, for example, exceeds 300 km/h when it swoops down on its prey.

But there are also very slow birds!

This is the case of the American Woodcock. The woodcock holds the record for the slowest bird. It is hardly faster than a house fly. It moves between 5 and 8 km/h only!

As its name suggests, it lives mainly in North America including the United States and Canada in humid forests and wooded areas. It sometimes prefers prairies, open areas at night or when it sings.

After a very spectacular courtship, the female will lay about four eggs on the ground in a nest made of leaves and blades of grass.

The snail

Some land animals are sprinters like the cheetah, others are extremely slow.

The snail, for example, moves about 100 times slower than a human walking normally, which is equivalent to about 0.048km/h!

The snail is a vernacular name designating the gastropods with shell on the contrary of the slug which is not less fast. Moreover, “gastropod” means “stomach-foot” because the animal seems to crawl on its belly, on a trail of mucus. Most snails have a heliocoidal shell where they can take refuge at the sight of a predator. Many are hermaphroditic and have both male and female reproductive organs.

The seahorse

To begin with, we must not forget to take into account the density of water, which is about 750 times higher than that of air. This means that marine creatures must produce considerable effort to break speed records in water. The fastest are therefore usually the largest and most powerful animals.

The seahorse is the slowest fish in the world. It takes more than two hours to swim 3 meters, a speed of 0.0014km/h!

This extreme slowness is linked to its complex physical characteristic, it moves vertically and this does not allow it to swim at a high speed. Moreover, seahorses are animals which, once established in a place, do not move any more. They most often cling to sea grasses or corals to move around. There are about fifty species of seahorses throughout the world. The reproduction in this animal is quite surprising! Indeed, the male is in charge of the gestation of the young during about 2 to 3 weeks. These small animals feed by “sucking” their prey which are composed of small crustaceans while camouflaging themselves to better surprise their prey.