Animals can be slow for different reasons.

Heavy, stocky creatures like tortoises move slowly because of their size and weight.

Animals like snails have no joints, which limits their movement, while sloths have low energy and become exhausted quickly.

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4. The Galapagos tortoise: 0.27 km/h

The Galapagos tortoise is one of the slowest reptiles: it only travels 4.5 m per minute.

Its bulky shell slows its progress.

3. Sloth: 0.21 km/h

The sloth is the slowest mammal: it covers only 3.5 m per minute on the ground.

Its food composed of leaves provides it with very little energy.

2. The squirrel snail: 0.05 km/h

The squirrel snail crawls with 83 cm per minute because it has only one sticky foot.

1. Slugs: 0.006 km/h

Slugs like the banana slug are among the slowest land animals, reaching speeds of 10 cm per minute.

The banana slug is therefore 45 times slower than the Galapagos tortoise!

But microscopic creatures like tardigrades might be even slower!

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