We all want to try and get to our destinations as quickly as possible, regardless of what we do for a living, or wherever it is we want to go. We are always burdened by traffic jams, and other things that keep us from moving quickly.
Well, did you know that there are plenty of creatures out there that don’t have the same luxury of going as fast as you? While you might feel upset about being stuck in a long queue, or a big line of cars, you should feel grateful that you are not like the creatures featured on this list.
This list of the slowest creatures on the planet features a variety of different creatures that, as hard as they try, are not all that fast. They are, however, quite interesting in that they have some amazing characteristics that relate heavily to how slow they are.
Groundhog – 5 mph
The groundhog is long associated with Groundhog Day on February 2 of every year. Many people know the groundhog for being a mammal that sleeps for a good portion of the year and often hides. he groundhog also deserves to be explored in how slow of a creature it is.
The groundhog, which can be found around the eastern part of the United States, and in a large portion of Canada, is a type of marmot that will consume loads of food in the summer to get plenty of fat. It will then sleep in the winter and live off of the fats that it built up during that time.
The groundhog has small limbs that are not all that strong though. While the limbs are short enough to where the groundhog can still burrow into the ground and hide as needed, they are not necessarily designed with speed in mind. As a result, a typical groundhog can only travel up to 5 mph. It is not all quick, and spends much of its time hiding so it can survive.
The groundhog has still been a popular figure for the holiday that it lends its name to. The early part of February is often a time when the groundhog will awaken from hibernation. Its slow speed makes it capable of being revived with ease to determine if its shadow can be seen.