What are the slowest moving snakes

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Slow as a snail - this saying is true in every respect, because this well-known mollusc is actually one of the slowest species in the animal kingdom. In order to define the animal that moves with the lowest speed, however, one has to take a closer look at different species of animals, because some mammals and some sea creatures also show a real snail's pace when walking, crawling or climbing.

The slowest mammal on earth lives up to its name. The three-toed sloth or Bradypus tridactylus, which lives in the rainforests of South America, moves extremely slowly from branch to branch and reaches a maximum speed of just four meters per minute. When the three-toed sloth is on the ground, it is much slower, because then its average speed is no more than 2.4 meters per minute. Sloths only move when they need to find a new source of food. Most of the time, the predominantly vegetarian mammals hang themselves with their sharp claws and their backs against the ground from a branch and are perfectly camouflaged in the dense treetops. Due to the little movement and their thick fur, which insulates the body heat well, they consume very little energy and therefore only need food occasionally. Their balanced energy balance is associated with an extremely low metabolic rate, which is why they only have to leave the trees every two weeks to release excrement and urine on the ground. All these aspects make the sloth an extremely comfortable creature that can afford to carry out all necessary activities very carefully.

Some animal species also live in the water, and they are noticeable for their extremely slow movement. The seahorse is considered to be the slowest fish and covers just one and a half meters in an hour. To move forward, the seahorse uses the current more than it swims. The fins, which are very small in relation to the body and located on the back and the back of the head, are primarily used for control. However, among the marine life there are some animal species that move much more slowly than the seahorse.
Among the starfish, which move at an average speed of less than one centimeter per minute, the common starfish is considered to be the 'front runner'. But even he only manages to cover a maximum of five to eight centimeters in one minute. Sea urchins also only reach maximum speeds of two centimeters per minute and are therefore among the slowest animal species in the world. In order to be able to crawl around, starfish have to lift their bodies slightly from the ground and take advantage of the water current. Even slower are sea anemones, which as semi-sessile animals are extremely true to their location, but thanks to their footplate are able to move on hard ground or in the sand. However, they only manage a few millimeters per day. In order to move forward faster, some species detach themselves completely from the bottom, roll up their broad bodies and float in the current. In the sea there are also animal species with barnacles or corals that never move away after the larval stage in the course of which they have found an ideal location. The locomotion of such animals only takes place across generations. In such cases, scientists only speak of what is known as the speed of propagation.

Among the snails known for their slow movement, the banana snail is considered to be the slowest representative. This striking yellow and black spotted nudibranch species is native to North America and, at a speed of only ten centimeters an hour, does not even reach what we would call a snail's pace. In comparison, the domestic snail has to be described as fast, because it still manages to cover seven meters in an hour.