9 Slowest Animals In The World

The average speed of a banana slug is 3.25 inches per hour. The second largest 9-inch slugs in the world. They reuse things like faeces, moss, much like worms do with dead leaves.

Banana slug

Each Galapagos tortoise population is a subspecies. Size and shell form fluctuate amongst populations, but they always move slowly.

Galapagos tortoise

Elephants spawned manatees. Seagrasses and leaves; elephant-like flipper toenails. Manatees move 1-2 mph but can reach 20mph.


Land snail slime reduces friction. Their massive foot helps them move. They devour plants and fruit and can reproduce asexually, so you'll have more if you see them in your garden.


Three-toed sloths represent slowness. These treetop dwellers eat leaves and sticks. Sloths don't consume much, thus algae forms on their fur. Slowest mammal, sloths walk 60 feet per hour.

Three-toed sloth

Koalas look like bears. Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves but also other trees. Slows koalas. Unless disturbed, they sleep 18-22 hours a day.


Female sea horses deposit their eggs in the male's pouch, and he bears them until they hatch. This makes them unusual among animals.

Sea horses

Gila monsters live in southern U.S. and Mexico. These animals move about 1.5 mph. They mostly live underground but come out to hunt birds, small animals, and eggs.

Gila monster

The starfish gets around thanks to its thousands of tiny feet. It takes some species of starfish one whole minute to cover only one yard.


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