Monday, 17 October 2011

The 7 World’s Slowest Animal

Normally people will notice the fastest animal in this world, what about slowest animal? What do you think? I know there are some animals doesn’t move at all. That consider as slowest too? But here I will only post those movable animal. Check it out!

1 ) Slug (0.03mph)

Slug 01 Slug

The World Almanac and Book of Facts name slugs to be the slowest animals in the world. It only has a maximum speed of 0.03 mph. No wonder they have been considered a delicacy around the world. They make for an easy catch since prehistoric times. The soft, slimy bodies of slugs are prone to desiccation, so land-living slugs are confined to moist environments and must retreat to damp hiding places when the weather is dry.

2 ) Giant Tortoise (0.13mph)

Giant TortoiseGiant Tortoise 01

Giant tortoises are characteristic reptiles of certain tropical islands. They are one of the world’s longest-living animals, with an average lifespan of 100 years or more. The speed of a tortoise varies according to species. The slowest tortoises in the world have been clocked at only 0.13 mph to 0.30 mph. However, when they take to the water they increase their speed. They have been known to swim as fast as 22 mph.

3 ) Three-Toed Sloth (0.15mph)

Three-Toed SlothThree-Toed Sloth 01

Three-toed sloths are the only members of the Bradypus genus and the Bradypodidae family. Famously slow-moving, the sloth travels at a top speed of 0.15 mph.  Three-toed sloths are about the size of a small dog, with the head and body having a combined length of around 60 centimetres, and the animal having a weight of 3.5-4.5 kg. Unlike the two-toed sloths, they also have a short (6-7 cm) tail, and they have three clawed toes on all four of their limbs.

4 ) Starfish (8mph)

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The starfish is generally  found with 5 arms that are attached to a central disc. This central disc is the activity center of the starfish and also contains the mouth of the starfish. The starfish has the incredible ability to regenerate itself into a new starfish, with a single lost arm attached to a portion of the central starfish body disc!  Starfish do not rely on a jointed, movable skeleton for support and movement (although starfish are still protected by their skeleton), but instead possess a hydraulic water vascular system that aids the starfish in movement.

5 ) Manatee (13mph)

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The manatee is a large marine mammal and the manatee is also commonly known as the sea cow. The average manatee can often weight more than 500kg and can grow to lengths of over 4.5 meters. Despite their large size it is not uncommon for the manatee to reach more than 70 years old.  The manatee spends most of its time grazing on plants in warm, shallow waters that are seldom deeper than a couple of meters. The manatee is a herbivore and therefore only really feeds on aquatic plants like sea grass and algae but it has been thought that certain species of manatee may eat smaller fish but not necessarily on purpose .

6 ) Gila Monster (15mph)

Gila MonsterGila Monster 01

The gila monster is a large species of lizard that is natively found in parts of the southern United States and northern Mexico. The gila monster has short powerful legs, and long claws which it mainly uses for digging. Gila monsters spend nearly all of their time in burrows underground, either ones they have dug themselves or more likely, those stolen from other animals. Gila Monsters eat  pinkie mice, baby rabbits, nestling birds and eggs found on the ground. Often, they enter a burrow and eat the nestlings of whatever it finds living there.

7 ) Koala Bear (25mph)

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The koala is a slow-moving marsupial mammal and it is nocturnal. It’s hands and feet are specially adapted for climbing tree’s. The koala sleeps in the eucalyptus tree in the daytime, firmly grasping the limbs with their feet, clinging on with five sharply clawed toes on each foot.  This animal is not comfortable on the ground but it can shuffle along on its short legs if it has too. Instinct leads it to its mothers pouch where it feeds and remains until it is six months old. The koala is a protected species but it is still threatened by the loss of habitat due to man and seasonal brush fires. Koala’s message is the ability to climb over obstacles and hold on to what brings you security which should be a positive belief system.


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