If you want to know the record holder for the slowest animal in the world, then you're in the right place. There are 3 animals known to be the slowest animals in the world. Sloths move only when necessary and even then very slowly. On the ground the maximum speed of the three-toed sloth is 2 m or 6.5 feet per minute or 0.15 mile per hour.
A garden snail's speed is 0.03 mph (yes a snail is an animal and not an insect). Due to its slowness, the snail has traditionally been seen as a symbol of laziness. In Judeo-Christian culture, it has often been viewed as a manifestation of the deadly sin of sloth. A giant tortoise's speed is 0.17 miles per hour.
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The Brazilian Gold Frog is also one of the smallest animals in the Southern Hemisphere. Adult Brazilian Gold Frogs measure to only 9.8 millimeters (0.38 inches) in body length. Many have a beautiful golden color, for which they are named. The smallest frogs of the Northern Hemisphere are the Cuban Eleutherodactylus iberia, which can be two-tenths of a millimeter smaller, and Eleutherodactylus limbatus, of which fully mature adults as small as 8.5 mm (0.33) have been found.