We all have read about the story of slow and steady wins in the race. We all find it amazing that the level of tortoise and rabbit in which the tortoise wins the race with its strategy and presence of mind. Well, we do not hear to tell you a story. But we are here to broaden your knowledge of the world you live in. You probably know the fastest animal worldwide, such as the cheetah and tiger. Despite this, we also remember the fastest birds, like the eagle. But how many of you know the slowest animals in your atmosphere?
We agreed with the fact the speed of any creature matters. Even to cover a short distance, we bet on how fast we can cover that. But, unluckily, some animals are too slow. And it takes almost a day to cover a kilometer distance. So, it isn’t exciting to know their name. Let’s talk about the top 5 slowest animals.
1. Sea anemone
Sea anemone is one of the aquatic species that comes from the family of Actiniaria and is more like coral and jellyfish. Almost 1,000 species of anemones are unmatched due to their sizes, color, and shapes. Interestingly, the anemone is one of the slowest creatures that can cover 0.0001 kilometers per hour.
2. Garden Snail
According to the research, there are 450 species of garden snail worldwide. The scientific name of the garden snail is Cornu aspersum. You might get amazed by the speed of this species. The estimated rate of garden snails is 0.001 kilometers an hour. Snails have muscular contractions while moving and retains boneless foot. Due to fast contraction motion, it covers a lesser distance.
3. Sea horse
No, it’s not a horse running underwater. Sea horse is a small species mainly found in the Bahamas and the seabeds of the USA. The scientific name of this creature is Hippocampus zosterae. It is another slowest species that can run 0.015 distance in an hour. Interestingly, this is one of the slowest fish in the entire fish kingdom and is acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records.
4. Three-toed sloth
You might have seen this animal in the viral videos. And indeed, their speed immensely fascinates you. Yes, we know that you probably guessed their name. The three-toed sloth is one of the slowest creatures worldwide and is commonly found in Central America. The moving rate of this animal is 0.27 kilometers an hour. If a year child races with these animals, then the baby would win the race. Despite the slow speed, these animals also have a low metabolism rate, and it takes several hours to eat just a few leaves. So, if you want to see sloths, fly to Central America.
5. Banana Slug
A banana-colored animal is a banana slug with no shell in its entire body. Even one slowest species, name garden snail, has the caliber to beat banana slug. It can move 0.48 kilometers an hour—all the species of slug use muscular contraction for the movement.
To see the slowest animal, you must travel to their native inhabitants.