Fastest Land Animals in the World: From Slowest to Fastest

Just envision: you’re out for a jog, feeling pretty good about your speed. Abruptly, a limbering sloth ambles past you, leaving you in its dust – okay, maybe not quite that extreme! But have you ever wondered which land animals truly takes things slow and steady, while others are built to bur across the landscape. This piece of construct will take you on a wild ride, ranking the fastest land animals in the world – from the leisurely strollers to the undisputed speed demons.

37. Snail

Snail pictures
  • Top Speed: 0.048km/h (0.03mph)
  • Length: 5.5cm
  • Weight: 0.03 – 56 grams
  • Lifespan: 2-10 Years

Snails – some of the slowest animals in the world – can be found in a wide range of habitats, from the lush rainforests of Costa Rica to the cool, damp forests of Europe. Their shells come in variety of colors, including brown, yellow and black. These slowest creatures chiefly live on or near the ground, where they feast on a vegetarian diet of leaves, algae and decaying plant matter.

36. Spider

Spider pictures
  • Top Speed: 1.9km/h (1.18mph)
  • Length: 3.3cm
  • Weight: 0.01grams
  • Lifespan: 1-20 Years

Spiders are eight-legged predators found on every continent except Antarctica. They boast an array of colors and sizes, ranging from the tiny jumping spider to the massive Goliath birdeater. These creatures can thrive in almost any habitat that provides them with shelter and a steady supply of prey. From the intricate webs spun by orb weavers in your garden to the wolf spiders that stalk their quarry across forest floors, these animals have found a way to make a living in deserts, rainforests, caves and underwater. Their diet primarily consists of insects and other small invertebrates.

35. Saharan Ant

Saharan Ant pictures
  • Top Speed: 3.1km/h (1.92mph)
  • Length: 10mm
  • Weight: 0.06 grams
  • Lifespan: 2-10 Years

The Saharan silver ant – also known as the Cataglyphis bicolor – is a marvel of adaptation that thrives in the heat of Sahara desert. These resilient insects are specifically found in arid regions across North Africa. Their bodies are a pale yellow or silver in color, which assists to reflect sunlight and prevent overheating.

Saharan silver ants chiefly live underground, constructing complex networks of tunnels to escape the harsh desert sun. Their diet comprises mainly seeds and dead insects, which they forage for during the cooler night hours.

34. Penguin

Penguin pictures
  • Top Speed: 3.9km/h (2.42mph)
  • Length: 1.2m
  • Weight: 25-40kg
  • Lifespan: 10-15 Years

Penguins are flightless birds that have adapted for life in the Southern Hemisphere’s coldest waters. They predominantly inhabit the coastlines of Antarctica, South America, Africa and various islands scattered across the Southern Ocean. Emperor penguins – the largest species – stand around 3 feet tall and showcase sleek black and white feathers. On the other hand smaller Adélie penguin displays a distinctive black and white tuxedo with a bright white belly.

Penguins spend most of their lives at sea, only coming ashore to breed and raise their young. Their diet chiefly consists of fish, squid and krill, which they expertly catch underwater using their streamlined bodies and powerful flippers.

33. Turtle

Turtle pictures
  • Top Speed: 5km/h (3.1mph)
  • Length: 20cm
  • Weight: 0.05 to 100 kg
  • Lifespan: 20-200 Years

Turtles – some of the most enduring reptiles in the world – can be found basking on sun-drenched rocks in the Mediterranean, swimming through the cool depths of North American lakes or lumbering across the dusty plains of sub-Saharan Africa. Sea turtles features sleek, hydrodynamic shells for navigating the open ocean, while box turtles have a hinged lower shell that let them completely enclose themselves for protection.

Their colors range from the olive greens and browns of the common snapping turtle to the vibrant orange and yellow patterns of the red-footed tortoise. Concerning the turtles’ diet, they’re omnivores, enjoying a diet of plants, fruits, insects, worms and small fish depending on the species.

32. Scorpion

Scorpion Habitat pictures
  • Top Speed: 6km/h (3.72mph)
  • Length: 12cm
  • Weight: 0.5-5 grams
  • Lifespan: 3-15 Years

Scorpions – recognizable for their pincers and tail stinger – thrive in deserts throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America and even in some parts of Europe. They showcase pale yellow or brown and black colors depending on species. These arachnids take refuge under rocks, inside crevices or burrowing underground. Their nocturnal lifestyle helps them escape the scorching desert sun. Scorpions are opportunistic predators and their diet primarily consists of insects, spiders and invertebrates.

31. Hedgehog

Hedgehog pictures
  • Top Speed: 6.4km/h (3.97mph)
  • Length: 25cm
  • Weight: 120 grams
  • Lifespan: 2-5 Years

Hedgehogs, endearing insectivores with a prickly coat, are found in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. While some species have been introduced to New Zealand, these nocturnal creatures are not native to Australia or the Americas. Their preferred habitats encompass lush forests, grassy plains, scrublands and hedgerows. In terms of hedgehogs’ colors, they sport a brownish-grey coat and others showcasing a salt-and-pepper appearance. Their diet consists of insects, beetles, earthworms, snails and slugs.

30. Crab

Crab pictures
  • Top Speed: 8km/h (4.97mph)
  • Width: 8.7cm
  • Weight: 0.1 to 3 kg
  • Lifespan: 1-3 Years

There are over 4,000 crab species found across the globe, inhabiting everything from tropical beaches and coral reefs to the icy depths of the ocean. Their colors can be just as diverse – ranging from the brilliant red of the Christmas Island red crab to the mottled greens and browns. Normally, crabs make their homes in or near water, whether it’s burrowing in the muddy bottoms of estuaries or scuttling across sandy beaches. Their diet is equally varied, with some crabs being scavengers, while other are ambush predators.

29. Small Lizard

Small Lizard pictures
  • Top Speed: 12km/h (7.45mph)
  • Length: 10cm
  • Weight: 2 to 10 grams
  • Lifespan: 2-5 Years

One tiny terror of the insect world is the anole lizard, found basking in the warm sunshine of the southeastern United States, the Caribbean islands and parts of Central and South America. In the realm of reptiles, small lizard is one of the fastest animals in the world. They come in a dazzling array of colors – from the bright green of the emerald anole to the browns and grays of the bark anole. Their prioritized habitat is dense foliage. Their diet comprises small insects like crickets, flies and spiders.

28. Chicken

Chicken pictures
  • Top Speed: 15km/h (9.32mph)
  • Tall: 63cm
  • Weight: 2.2-4.5kg
  • Lifespan: 5-10 Years

While chickens are now ubiquitous farmyard residents around the world, their wild ancestor, the Red Junglefowl, still thrives in the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia. These birds boast multiple colors; males sport fiery red plumage accented with black and iridescent green, while females are clad in mottled brown feathers for superior camouflage. Their diet is a delicious mix of seeds, fruits, insects and small lizards.

27.1. Rat

Rat pictures
  • Top Speed: 16km/h (9.94mph)
  • Length: 25cm

Brown rats – also known as Norway rats – are prevalent in urban and suburban areas around the world. These unwelcome guests are normally brown or grayish-brown in color, with lighter undersides. They thrive in burrows dug underneath sidewalks, buildings and in areas with dense vegetation. Being opportunistic omnivores, brown rats have a varied diet comprising fruits, vegetables, grains and carrion. It’s their sense of smell that let them locate food sources with ease.

25.2. Mouse

mouse pictures
  • Top Speed: 16km/h (9.94mph)
  • Length: 10cm

House mice are found scurrying around homes worldwide. Their fur is generally a dusty gray with a cream-colored belly, helping them blend into shadows. These curious creatures build cozy nests in dark, quiet corners like behind cabinets or inside walls using scraps of fabric, paper or insulation. The mouse’s primary diet consists of seeds, cereals and crumbs, but they aren’t picky eaters and might nibble on furniture or wires. 

26.1. Frog

Frog pictures
  • Top Speed: 17km/h (10.56mph)
  • Length: 7cm
  • Weight: 10 grams to 680 grams
  • Lifespan: Up to 40 Years

Frogs have adapted to an incredible variety of habitats, from the chilly streams of North America to the scorching deserts of Australia. The red-eyed tree frog, for instance, thrives in the humid rainforests of Central and South America. Their vibrant green skin, oftentimes accented with bold red around the eyes, acts as fantastic camouflage. These climbers possess sticky toe pads with microscopic hairs that let them scale even the smoothest leaves high up in the rainforest canopy. Surprisingly, red-eyed tree frogs don’t need to drink water like us! Their skin absorbs moisture directly from the humid rainforest air.

24.2. Kiwi

Kiwi pictures
  • Top Speed: 17km/h (10.56mph)
  • Tall: 0.6m
  • Weight: 1.4-3.9kg
  • Lifespan: 25-50 Years

Kiwis are flightless birds exclusively found in New Zealand, that is, they’re found nowhere else on Earth. Their kiwi-brown feathers, namesake for the fruit, offer excellent camouflage as they navigate the dense understories of native forest and shrub-lands. Their keen sense of smell, aided by a long, sensitive beak with nostrils at the tip, assists them to unearth soil-dwelling invertebrates. Kiwis’ diet comprises earthworms, beetle larvae, spiders and small crayfish.

25.1. Black Mamba

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  • Top Speed: 20km/h (12.42mph)
  • Length: 2.5m

Black mambas slither across a stretched swathe of sub-Saharan Africa. Their range stretches from countries like Ethiopia and Kenya in the east all the way to South Africa and Namibia in the south. Notwithstanding its name, Black mamba isn’t entirely black. Its body color can vary from olive brown to greyish black. They favor light woodlands and scrub-land, rocky outcrops. These creatures are carnivores and primarily target small vertebrates, including birds, specifically nestlings and fledglings.

23. 2. Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon pictures
  • Top Speed: 20km/h (12.42mph)
  • Length: 2.6m

The Komodo dragon – a real-life fire-breathing monster – is the largest lizard on Earth. They’re found on the islands in Indonesia, including Komodo, Rinca, Flores and Gili Motang. These monsters aren’t actually dragon-colored. Young Komodo dragons are vibrant, featuring a coat of yellow and black bands. As they mature, these bands fade and adults become a rugged, rusty brown or greyish-brown.

These dragons inhabit in savannas and grasslands, with a preference for areas near water sources. These opportunistic carnivores eat deer, wild boar and water buffalo. They’re also well-documented “grave robbers,” digging up recently buried bodies.

24.1. Human

Human pictures
  • Top Speed: 24km/h (14.9 mph)
  • Height: 1.75m

In contrast with other land animals, human are not impressive sprinters. Our average maximum speed is 10 mph. Nevertheless, humans excel in endurance running. The fastest recorded human sprint belongs to Usain Bolt who clocked an incredible 9.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash in 2009. This translates to a speed of roughly 27.8 mph (44.72 km/h). Thanks to our ability to sweat efficiently and regulate body temperature, we can maintain a moderate pace for long distances.

24.2. Raccoon

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  • Top Speed: 24km/h (14.9 mph)
  • Length: 70cm

Raccoons are intelligent and adaptable mammals found across North America. Their natural range stretches from Canada all the way down to Panama. The most distinctive feature of raccoons is their black “mask” that extends across their eyes and cheeks. It contrasts beautifully with their greyish-brown fur.

They’re commonly found in hardwood forests near water sources, such as rivers, streams and lakes. In terms of raccoons’ diet, they’re opportunistic omnivores. They’re excellent scavengers and have a remarkable sense of touch, thanks to their extremely sensitive paws.

23. Elephant

Elephant pictures
  • Top Speed: 25km/h (15.53mph)
  • Length: 5m
  • Weight: 2,700-6.000kg
  • Lifespan: 48-70 Years

Elephants – the largest mammals in the world – have two chief species: African elephants and Asian elephants. The former roam across sub-Saharan Africa and the latter have a restricted range in Southeast Asia. Concerning their color, African elephants are generally dusty grey or brownish-grey, while Asian elephants can be reddish-brown.

Elephants favor savannas, grasslands, woodlands and semi-arid deserts. In conjunction with diet, they’re herbivores. They spend a significant part of their day (up to 16 hours!) consuming plant material. They eat grasses, leaves, fruits and bark.

22.1. Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus pictures
  • Top Speed: 30 km/h (18.64mph)
  • Height: 1.6m

Hippos are native to sub-Saharan Africa, found in countries like Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Despite their massive size, they’re not very colorful. Their skin is generally a greyish-brown or purple-brown. Hippos are semi-aquatic, that is, they spend a considerable amount of time in water to keep cool and regulate their body temperature. They prefer freshwater habitats like rivers, lakes and swamps with lush vegetation growing nearby. Concerning hippos’ diet, they’re herbivores. They primarily consume grasses, reeds and aquatic plants.

22.2. Grey Langur

Grey Langur pictures
  • Top Speed: 30 km/h (18.64mph)
  • Length: 60cm

The grey langur – also known as the Hanuman Langur – is an enthralling monkey native to South Asia, with populations concentrated in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. These creatures are chiefly grey. Their fur can range from a light ash grey to a darker charcoal grey. Grey langurs are arboreal, that is, they spend most of their time living in trees. They prioritize dense tropical forests and woodlands.

These monkeys are strict folivores, meaning their diet comprises almost entirely of leaves. They’re selective eaters, relying on young, tender leaves that are high in nutrients and low in fiber. The most distinctive feature of grey langurs is their loud calls, including barks, growls, screeches and even “coos.”

21. Goat

Goat pictures
  • Top Speed: 32km/h (19.88mph)
  • Length: 1m
  • Weight: 20-140kg
  • Lifespan: 15-18 Years

Goats are truly global citizens! Domesticated over 10,000 years ago in the mountainous regions of Southwest Asia, they’re now found all over the world. The common goat colors include white, black, brown and grey. Domestic goats are highly adaptable and can thrive in various environments. Mountain goats – a wild relative – are expressly adept at navigating steep slopes and rocky cliffs.

Goats are ruminant herbivores, that is, they’ve a four-chambered stomach that let them efficiently digest touch plant material. They prefer leaves, shrubs, twigs and weeds to grass. One of the most distinctive features of goats is their incredible climbing ability.

20. Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile pictures
  • Top Speed: 35km/h (21.74mph)
  • Length: 4.2m
  • Weight: 40-750kg
  • Lifespan: 50-60 Years

The Nile crocodile inhabit the freshwater habitats of sub-Saharan Africa. They’re masters of camouflage. Their bodies are normally a dark olive green or brown on top, fading to a lighter yellow or tan on the underside. As their name suggests, the Nile River system is a prime habitat for these crocodiles. They thrive in freshwater lakes, swamps, lagoons and slow-moving rivers.

In their aquatic domain, Nile crocodiles are apex predators. Their diet includes fish, reptiles, birds, water mammals like antelope and zebras. One of the most distinctive feature of the Nile crocodile is its powerful jaws and impressive bite force – 5,000 PSI.

19.1. Cattle

Cattle pictures
  • Top Speed: 40km/h (24.85mph)
  • Length: Up to 2.5m

Cattle – known for their horns, calm demeanor and social structure – are populated in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The most common cattle colors include black, white, brown and red. Patterns can include spots, stripes and a brindle pattern similar to some dogs. Depending on the farming practices of a particular region, domestic cattle are raised in a variety of habitats, including pastures and rangelands.

Cattle are ruminant herbivores, implying they’ve a four-chambered stomach. They’re chiefly grazers, focusing on grasses, legumes and tough plant material.

19.2. Gorilla

Gorilla pictures
  • Top Speed: 40km/h (24.85mph)
  • Length: 1.7m

Gorillas – the largest primates on Earth – are intelligent and social creatures residing in the lush rainforests of Africa. There’re two main gorilla species: western gorillas and eastern gorillas. Western gorillas inhabit in the rainforests fo western equatorial Africa. Their fur is typically dark greyish-brown to black. They’re specifically found in tropical rainforests.

Gorillas are herbivores and their diet is predominantly vegetarian. Their menu consists mainly of leaves, stems, shoots and fruits. One of the most unparalleled features of gorillas is their intelligence. They’re highly social animals with complex communication skills.

19.3. Boar

Boar pictures
  • Top Speed: 40km/h (24.85mph)
  • Length: 2m

Boars – also known as wild pigs – are intelligent and powerful animals. They’re native to most of Eurasia and North Africa and through introductions, have established population in many other parts of the world. They come in a plethora of colors, including dark greyish-brown to black. Males, called boars, are normally larger and darker than females, known as sows. In terms of ranking from the slowest to the fastest animals, boars are among the top 20 fastest land animals in the world.

Being omnivores, boars’ diet includes roots, tubers, nuts, fruits, fungi and invertebrates like worms and grubs. Their formidable tusks are perhaps the most recognizable feature.

19.4. Sheep

Sheep pictures
  • Top Speed: 40km/h (24.85mph)
  • Length: 1.4m

Sheep, some of the oldest domesticated animals, are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North and South America. Common sheep colors include white, black, brown and grey. They’re most commonly located in pastures and rangelands with access to grasses, legumes and other forage plants. One of the most distinctive features of sheep is their strong herding instinct. Sheep are social animals that prioritize to live in flocks led by a dominant female, known as a ewe.

18. Cat

Cat pictures
  • Top Speed: 48km/h (29.85mph)
  • Length: 46cm
  • Weight: About 4.5kg
  • Lifespan: 12-18 Years

Cats are the most popular companion animals. Domesticated over 4,000 years ago in the Middle East, they’re now found on every continent except Antarctica. With respect to cats’ colors, they boast black, white, brown, tabby, calico and Siamese. They thrive indoors in homes and apartments. In addition, cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their bodies are designed to process a meat-based diet. One of the most unique features of cats and a key part of their hunting prowess is their incredible sense of smell. A cat’s sense of smell is approximated to be around fourteen times stronger than a human’s!

17.1. Emu

Emu pictures
  • Top Speed: 50km/h (31mph)
  • Length: 1.8m

Emus, known of their powerful legs, are iconic residents of Australia. They don’t boast a flamboyant plumage. Adults are typically a brownish-grey color, with darker feathers on the head and neck and lighter brown feathers on the body. These adaptable creatures thrive in various Australian environments. They prefer open woodlands, grasslands and savannas with scattered trees and shrubs. The emu, one of the fastest animals in the world, is primarily grazer, focusing on leaves, grasses, seeds and fruits.

17.2. Red Fox

Red Fox pictures
  • Top Speed: 50km/h (31mph)
  • Length: 90cm

The red fox is a charismatic member of the canine family. Known for their exceptional hearing, these foxes are found across North America, Europe and Asia. They live up to their name with a coat of vibrant reddish-brown fur on their back, sides and tail. Red foxes can be located in forests, grasslands, mountains, tundras and urban areas. Speaking of the red fox’s diet, it’s true omnivore. Their primary food source is small mammals like rodents, rabbits and voles. However, they also consume birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, eggs and carrion.

17.3. Cassowary

Cassowary pictures
  • Top Speed: 50km/h (31mph)
  • Length: 1.7m

Cassowaries, the largest flightless birds, are restricted to the tropical rainforests and woodlands of New Guinea, a large island north of Australia and some nearby islands including Yapen and Aru. When it comes to the cassowary’s color, adults are typically a glossy black, with a distinctive turquoise or blue colored neck and throat pouch, called a dewlap.

Cassowaries are creature of the rainforest. They prefer areas with good access to water and corridors of vegetation that allow them to move through the forest. Concerning the cassowary’s diet, fruits particularly those that have fallen to the ground, are major part of their diet. The most conspicuous feature of cassowary, one of the fastest land animals in the world, is their powerful feet.

16.1. Doberman Dog

Doberman Dog pictures
  • Top Speed: 55km/h (34.2mph)
  • Length: 1.17m

The Doberman Pinscher, oftentimes nicknamed “Doberman” or “Doberman Pinscher,” is a powerful, intelligent and loyal dog breed. It originated in Germany in the late 19th century, developed by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector and dog breeder. Today they’re found worldwide, expressly popular in Europe, North America and South America.

Speaking of the Doberman’s color, it sports black and tan, with the tan markings typically appearing on the muzzle, chest, lesgs, eyebrows and throat. They entail a high-quality diet formulated for active breeds to offer the necessary nutrients for optimal health and performance. Kibble specifically designed for for Dobermans or large-breed dogs is a common choice.

16.2. Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros pictures
  • Top Speed: 55km/h (34.2mph)
  • Length: 3.8m

Rhinoceroses, some of the largest land mammals in the world, once roamed freely across vast stretches of Africa, Asia and Europe. The most common rhino’s colors include greyish-brown and reddish-brown. They prefer to inhabit savannas, woodlands, scrublands, riverine forests and the foothills of the Himalayas. All rhinos are herbivores, that is, their diet consists solely of plant material, including leaves, twigs, fruits and acacia trees. What makes rhinos distinctive is their horns.

15.1. Bison

Bison pictures
  • Top Speed: 56km/h (34.8mph)
  • Length: 2.8m

The American bison – the largest mammal in North America – is also known as the buffalo. In the annals of time, they roamed across most of North America, from Alaska down to Mexico. They’ve a thick, shaggy coat that can range in color form deep dark brown almost black to a lighter, reddish-brown. These creatures are well-adapted to life in grasslands, prairies and savannas. Their diet comprises mainly grasses, sedges and forbs. The most distinctive feature of bison, one of the fastest land mammals, is the massive hump that rises just behind their head and neck.

15.2. Moose

Moose pictures
  • Top Speed: 56km/h (34.8mph)
  • Length: 2.1m

The moose – also known as the elk in Europe – is the largest member of the deer family. They’re predominantly found in subarctic and temperate regions of North America, Europe and Asia. They boast two-toned coat that changes throughout the year. In summer, their fur is a reddish-brown color, while during winter, their coat thickens and transforms into a darker, almost blackish-brown color. Moose thrive in boreal forests with dense stands of trees interspersed with lakes, rivers and wetlands. Concerning the moose’s diet, in summer, it feasts on a variety of leafy plants, aquatic vegetation and juicy fruits. In winter, their diet is more challenging.

15.3. Brown Bear

Brown Bear pictures
  • Top Speed: 56km/h (34.8mph)
  • Length: 2.8m

The brown bear, also referred to as the grizzly bear in North America, boat a wide range, stretching across parts of North America, Europe and Asia. Contrary to their name, brown bears’ fur can vary from light brown or cinnamon to a deep, almost black shade. They’re most commonly located in mountainous regions with dense forests, meadows and valleys. The most promising feature of the brown bear – one of the top 20 fastest land animals in the world, is its massive hump located just behind the head and neck. It allow them to dig for food, climb trees and maul prey during hunts.

14. Leopard

Leopard pictures
  • Top Speed: 58km/h (36mph)
  • Length: 1.6m
  • Weight: 30-80kg
  • Lifespan: 12-17 Years

The leopard – a captivating big cat – is found across Africa and Asia. The most recognizable feature of leopard is its enthralling coat. Dissimilar to cheetahs, whose spots are solid black, a leopard’s coat feature a pattern of rosettes – circular markings with a darker center and lighter spots within. They’re most commonly found in savannas, grasslands, woodlands and dense rainforests.

These species are obligate carnivores, meaning they rely solely on meat for survival. In Africa, they commonly hunt gazelles, impalas, warthogs and monkeys. Its agility is among the incredible features that makes it one of the fastest animals on land.

13. Wolf

Wolf pictures
  • Top Speed: 60km/h (37.27mph)
  • Length: 1.6m
  • Weight: 51-180lbs
  • Lifespan: 14-16 Years

Wolves, known for their howl and social structure, had a vast and continuous range throughout North America, Europe and Asia. They come in a variety of colors, with their fur reflecting adaptations to their specific environments. Gray wolves, the most common variety, can range from light grayish-white to dark almost blackish-brown. Wolves are carnivores and their primary food sources consists of ungulates like deer, elk, moose, bison and wild boar. They live in packs, complex social groups typically consisting of a breeding pair – alpha male and alpha female – their offspring from the past few years and sometimes unrelated individuals.

12. Hyena

Hyena pictures
  • Top Speed: 64km/h (39.76mph)
  • Length: 1.7m
  • Weight: 98-120lbs
  • Lifespan: 12 Years

Hyenas are oftentimes relegated to the role of villains in folklore, depicted as cackling scavengers stealing scraps from lions. Sub-Saharan Africa is the exclusive domain of hyenas. There’re three distinct species inhabiting various ecological niches: the spotted hyena (the largest and most common), brown hyenas and striped hyena.

Concerning hyena’s color, they boast a beautiful coat with a ground color ranging from yellowish-brown to a rich, golden tan. In terms of habitat, spotted hyenas reign in the vast savannas, while brown hyenas scavenge in arid regions where other predators struggle. Striped hyenas can be found in savannas, woodlands and some mountainous regions. The hyena’s bite force (1,100 PSI) allows them to shatter bones and extract the nutritious marrow within.

11.1. Tiger

Tiger pictures
  • Top Speed: 65km/h (40.4mph)
  • Length: 2m

The tiger – the largest cat species in Asia – is a symbol of strength and beauty. They roam across vast swathes of Asia. Historically, their range stretched from the Indian subcontinent through Southeast Asia and into eastern Russia. The tiger’s coat features a pattern of vertical stripes against a background color that varies built upon the subspecies.

The tiger, fastest land predator, inhabits tropical rainforests, mangrove forests and the foothills of the Himalayas. Amur tigers prefer the vast coniferous and mixed forests of the Russian Far East. Sumatran tigers are the most arboreal of all tiger subspecies. Their diet consists mainly of large ungulates that are native to their specific habitat.

11.2. Camel

Camel pictures
  • Top Speed: 65km/h (40.4mph)
  • Height: 1.8m at shoulder

Camels, oftentimes linked with vast deserts and nomadic cultures, come in two varieties – the dromedary camel (single hump) and the Bactrian camel (double hump). They originated in the arid regions of Asia and North Africa. Today, they’re domesticated, dromedary camels found throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  The camel color varies depending on the species. Dromedary camels typically range from a light tan or sandy brown to a darker reddish-brown.

Camels are perfectly adapted to survive in harsh desert environments. They’re herbivores with a surprisingly diverse diet, considering the scarcity of plant life in their desert habitats. The most distinctive feature of camels is their humps – fat reserves.

11.3. Giraffe

Giraffe pictures
  • Top Speed: 65km/h (40.4mph)
  • Height: 5.5m

Giraffes, known for their long necks and towering stature, are exclusively found in sub-Saharan Africa. Their distribution is concentrated in savannas, woodlands and acacia scrub-lands. In terms of giraffe’s color, the background color varies built upon the subspecies, ranging from light tan to a rich, reddish-brown. Overlaid on its base color is a network of dark brown or reddish-brown spots or blotches. These creatures are herbivores, with their diet comprising entirely of leaves, particularly those of acacia trees. What sets them apart from all other land animals, is their incredible neck – 6 feet (1.8 meters).

10. Zebra

Zebra pictures
  • Top Speed: 66km/h (41mph)
  • Length: 2m
  • Weight: 620-990lbs
  • Lifespan: 20 Years

Zebras, some of the top 10 fastest land animals in the world, are known for their bold balck and white stripes. They are exclusively found in sub-Saharan Africa. Their distribution varies depending on the species – Plains zebras (Equus quagga), Mountain zebras (Equus zebra) and Grévy’s zebras (Equus grevyi). Zebras primarily inhabit open grasslands and savannas, with each species having slightly different preferences. The zebra’s diet consists of grasses. The most noticeable zebra feature is its striped coat.

9.1. Kangaroo

Kangaroo pictures
  • Top Speed: 70km/h (43.5mph)
  • Height: 2m

The kangaroo, the national animal of Australia, is known for its powerful legs and iconic hopping gait. They’re exclusively found in Australia and some offshore islands like Tasmania and Kangaroo Island. There’re over 40 species of kangaroos and wallabies. Red kangaroos thrive in arid and semi-arid regions with sparse vegetation. Eastern grey kangaroos are more versatile, inhabiting forests, woodlands, grasslands and coastal areas. The kangaroo’s diet consists of grasses, leaves and shrubs.

9.2. Ostrich

Ostrich pictures
  • Top Speed: 70km/h (43.5mph)
  • Height: 2.8m

The ostrich – the largest bird in the world – is native to Africa, with the common ostrich (Struthio camelus) being the only remaining species. Male ostriches are primarily black, with a white bank around their midsection and white feathers on their wings and tail. Ostriches are perfectly adapted to life on the African savanna. They prefer areas with short grasses and scattered shrubs. With respect to the ostrich’s diet, they’re chiefly herbivores, feeding on a wide range of grasses, leaves, fruits and flowers. The feature that sets them apart from the rest of animals is their size and running ability, enrolling them among the fastest land animals in the world.

8. Horse

Horse pictures
  • Top Speed: 71km/h (44.11mph)
  • Height: 1.73m at shoulder
  • Weight: 420kg
  • Lifespan: 25-30 Years

Horses, thanks to their powerful grace and unwavering spirit, have captivated human for millennia. The domestic horse (Equus caballus) is a descendant of the wild horse. Equus ferus, which originated in the Eurasian steppes. They showcase a vast variety of colors, including bay, black, chestnut, gray and dun. Wilde horses historically resided in grasslands, steppes and savannas. Domestic horses can be found in sprawling ranches, equestrian centers and inner-city stables. They’re herbivores, with their primary food source being grasses. The most distinctive feature of the hose is its powerful legs and hooves.

7. Greyhound Dog

Top 10 Fastest Dogs in the World Greyhound
  • Top Speed: 76km/h (47.22mph)
  • Height: 76cm
  • Weight: 26-40kg
  • Lifespan: 10-14 Years

The Greyhound, oftentimes referred to as the English Greyhound, is the fastest dog in the world. It originated in Great Britain, descended from ancient Egyptian sighthounds. These dogs can be solid-colored (black, fawn, red, white), brindle (a mixture of black and another color with a striped pattern or a combination of these colors in piebald or flecked patterns.

Speaking of the greyhound’s diet, they require a high-quality diet rich in protein to maintain their lean muscle mass and support their bursts of activity. The most prominent feature of greyhound is its incredible speed, making it one of the top 10 fastest animals in the world.

6. Lion

Lion pictures
  • Top Speed: 80km/h (49.7mph)
  • Height: 1.2m at shoulder
  • Weight: 130-190kg
  • Lifespan: 8-16 Years

Lions – known for their earth-shaking roars and imposing presence – reign supreme across the African savanna. Once spanning most of Africa, parts of Europe and Asia, they’re now confined primarily to sub-Saharan Africa. In terms of the lion’s color, males are instantly recognizable by their majestic manes, which can range from light blond to a deep black-brown. Females, on the flip side, lack manes and have a uniform coat.

Lions are ideally suited to life in open savannas. These vast, grassy plains with scattered trees and shrubs offer them hunting grounds, shade and water sources. Lions are apex predators, sitting at the top of the food chain. Their primary prey consists of large herbivores.

5. Deer Stag

Deer Stag pictures
  • Top Speed: 81km/h (50.33mph)
  • Height: 120cm at shoulder
  • Weight: 90-260kg
  • Lifespan: About 18 Years

The deer stag – also known as the red deer stag or simply a hart – is a majestic inhabitant of the European and Asian woodlands. The coat color of a deer stage varies built upon the season and age. During the summer months, their coat is typically a reddish-brown, while in winter, their fur thickens and turns a grayish-brown. These species are perfectly adapted to life in temperate forests and woodlands.

In conjunction with the deer stag’s diet, they’re herbivores; their diet comprises leaves, grasses, fruits and berries and nuts. Their antlers are what that sets them apart from the rest of animals. The NWF provides valuable information about deer populations, habitat conservation, and efforts to ensure the long-term survival of these magnificent creatures.

4.1. Springbok

Springbok pictures
  • Top Speed: 88km/h (54.68mph)
  • Height: 90cm at shoulder

The springbok – the national animal of South Africa – is chiefly found in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and southern Angola. These creatures showcase a striking color contrast that aids in camouflage and social communication. Their backs are a reddish-brown, transitioning to a white underbelly. They’re perfectly adapted to life in arid and semi-arid environments, offering them grazing grounds, heat tolerance and water accessibility. Springboks are herbivores, with their diet comprising grasses. They’re selective grazers, opting for the most nutritious parts of the plants available. Their “pronking” display is the most distinctive feature of springboks.

4.2. Race Horse

Race Horse pictures
  • Top Speed: 88km/h (54.68mph)
  • Height: 1.73m at shoulder

Racehorses are found worldwide, wherever horse racing is a popular sport. There are prominent racing industries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Racehorses come in a wide range of coat colors, just like any other horse breed. Common colors include bay, black, chestnut and gray. A racehorse’s diet is meticulously planned to meet their high energy demands. It generally includes: high-quality hay, grains, concentrates and fresh water. The racehorse, as its name suggests, is one of the fastest land animals in the world. AAEP provides valuable resources and guidelines for the health, welfare, and management of Race Horses.

3. Deer Doe

Deer Doe pictures
  • Top Speed: 90km/h (55.92mph)
  • Height: 120cm at shoulder
  • Weight: 40-90kg
  • Lifespan: About 22 Years

Deer can be found across a wide range of habitats across the world. They’re most commonly found in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and New Zealand. Doe colors includes reddish-brown and light brown. They thrive in a variety of habitats, encompassing forests, woodlands, grasslands and mountainous regions. In terms of diet, they prefer leaves, grasses, fruits and twigs and buds. The most prominent feature of the doe is its maternal instincts. On top of that it is one of the fastest land animals in the world.

2. Gazelle

gazelle pictures
  • Top Speed: 97km/h (60.27mph)
  • Height: 110cm at shoulder
  • Weight: 16-29.5kg
  • Lifespan: 12-15 Years

Gazelles, known for their slender builds and lightning-fast sprints, are predominantly found in Africa, with some species venturing into southwestern Asia. Their coloration differs slightly between species, but they typically follow a theme of camouflage and social signaling. Some common features include: base coat, contrasting markings and facial stripes.

Concerning the gazelle’s habitat, it’s adapted to life in savannas, grasslands and semi-arid regions. They’re herbivores, with their diet consisting chiefly of grasses, leaves and fruits. The most noticeable feature of gazelles is their speed and agility, enrolling them among the top 10 fastest land animals.

1. Cheetah

Cheetah pictures
  • Top Speed: 130km/h (80.77 mph)
  • Height: 94cm at shoulder
  • Weight: 34-64kg
  • Lifespan: 8-10 Years

The cheetah, the fastest land creature, was once found across a vast range of Africa and parts of Asia. Today, they can be located in sub-Saharan Africa, Algeria and Niger. With respect to the cheetah’s color, its coat is a masterpiece of camouflage. Their coloration includes: base coat, solid black spots and “tear stains.”

Cheetahs’ preferred habitat is savanna with scattered trees and shrubs that offer them hunting grounds, ambush opportunities and space for chases. Speaking the cheetah’s diet, they’re obligate carnivores, that is, their diet consists solely of meat. Their prey choices include: antelopes, wildebeest calves and mammals like hares, warthogs and birds. What sets them apart among the other animals is their speed. For more about Cheetah conservation and research efforts, you can visit the website of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF).

The animal kingdom never fails to stun us with its diversity and adaptations. As we’ve journeyed from the slowest to the fastest land animals in the world, we’ve marveled at nature’s ingenuity and the striking abilities of these creatures. So, the next time you’re out in nature, take a moment to appreciate the incredible speed and agility of the fastest land animals in the world.

Mudassar Ahmad

He is a seasoned blogger since 2012 and an M.Phil graduate in English Linguistics. He captivates readers with his eloquent prose and insightful perspectives. His passion for language and dedication to crafting compelling content make him a trusted voice in the online sphere. Explore the world through Ahmad's literary lens.

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