Biology Question #2173

Benjamin Raja, a 14 year old male from Singapore asks on July 12, 2004,

At what speed does the world's slowest living thing travel? And what is the world's slowest living thing?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on July 13, 2004

Assuming you mean one single creature and not something like a virus or a fungus, it would be the sloth or the snail. The sloth moves at about .03 meters/second or 0.108kph (0.15mph). A good slow snail moves at 0.03mph or 0.048kph. A complete listing of animal speeds can be found at FactMonster.

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