Top 10 slowest animals in the world

Every animal species have some kind of specialty that makes them unique. Some animals have the power to run faster than supercars, at the same time some species are super slow in motion. Here the list of top 10 slowest animals in the world.

10 Manatee


Manatees or sea cows are one of the adorable herbivorous marine animals that can be seen in Amazon, Caribbean seas and Indian ocean. Manatees used to live in shallow water and always found to be just floating over the water rather than moving.

Actually, manatees don’t have any predators and they won’t face any harm in their lifespan. Such conditions make manatees one of the slowest animals in the world. Most of the time they engaged with eating and resting which makes them heavier in size.

9 Gila Monster

Gila Monster

Gila monsters are one of the members of venomous lizards native to southwestern parts of the United States. They always found as hidden under the ground and others rarely get a chance to see them. The 22 inches sized Gila monster lizards have the capacity to consume meal up to one-third of their body. They are also very slow movers in nature.

Gila monsters store the fat within their body and rarely search for food. It lets them live longer time under the ground and provide with complete rest. This hidden nature keeps away the predators from them and thus it became one of the species that make least body movements.

8 Loris



Loris is medium sized primates native to south-east Asia. They have human-like hands and follows twisted like movement very slowly. Loris can only make a maximum speed of 1.2 miles per hour.

The special lumbering helps them to keep away the predators, let them live without fear. Loris is also seemed to be a poisonous mammal, one bite will inject enough venom to harm you.

7 Sea Horse

Sea Horse

Sea Horses area special type of fish species found within the 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.

The fast movement of seas horses are limited to 0.5 miles per hour. The very slow movements of seas horses make them stay within a unique place during their lifetime.

6 Banana Slug

Banana Slug

The banana slug is a member of gastropod mollusc with no shell at all. The movement through muscular contraction makes them one of the slowest animal species. Most of all time slugs used to lay under the ground for feeding and laying eggs. In such a way slugs completely put away movement from one place to another.

Slugs can only achieve faster movement of 0.2 miles per hour. They also have the capacity to live underground for several years in a moist condition.

5 Koala Bear

slowest animals in the world

Koala bear comes under a special sub category of mammals called marsupial. It is not at all a member of bears, but it looks like bears native to Australia. The strong limbs and claws of koala bear help them to climb on trees in no time and eat leaves of trees. Kola bears are one of slowest animals because of their poor at eye sight, they spend most of the time in trees.

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Koala bears have thicky padded tails, let them to sit in trees for hours. They have an excellent sense of smell and sounds, so they recognize the predators very easily.

4 Giant Tortoise

Giant Tortoise

Tortoises are vertebrate with the longest life span and known for it’s slow movement. Giant tortoises are mainly found in Seychelles and Galapagos Islands. They have a heavy body weight up to 350kg which causes for their slow movement.

The thick legs and heavy shells also responsible for ginat tortoise’s slow movement. They mainly found within wet and grass lands. They have the capacity to make larger inter storage of water and the power to live without water or food for an year.

3 Garden Snail

Garden Snail

Garden snails or land snails is a member of terrestrial molluscs, native to Mediterranean region. Unlike slugs, garden snails have thick coiled shells which makes them so slow in movement, only a few yards in an hour.

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

2 Star Fish

Star Fish

There are 2000 different species of starfishes in total, found within all oceans around the world. Interestingly starfishes can’t move long distance, used to travel along with ocean currents. Star fishes are as slow with a speed of 0.02 miles per hour.

Their star-like body structure itself causes slow movement in the ocean. Starfishes have no blood and brain, if they get cut down into pieces then new starfishes wil grow from each of those pieces.

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1 Three-Toed Sloth

Three-Toed Sloth

Three-toed sloths are the slowest animals in the world, native to America. They can only move with a maximum speed of 0.003 miles per hours. Three-toed sloths won’t move farther than 100 feet in a day, meaning that they are much tied to a unique place.

It can be said that sloths spend a major part of their life within the branches of trees, tropical rainforests of America. They used to have leaves of trees and conserve more energy through no body movements.