Fastest Animals

World's fastest animals by category
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Last updated: October 17, 2018
First submittedJanuary 10, 2013
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65 mph
fastest land animal
Cheetah
242 mph
fastest bird
Peregrine Falcon
68 mph
fastest fish
Sailfish
60 mph
fastest insect
Southern Giant Darner
22 mph
fastest reptile
Leatherback Sea Turtle
60 mph
fastest flying mammal
Free-tailed Bat
55 mph
fastest sustained runner
Pronghorn (American Antelope)
55 mph
capable of rapid direction changes mid-run
Springbok (African Gazelle)
45 mph
fastest jumping animal
Jackrabbit
44 mph
fastest Australian mammal
Kangaroo
44 mph
fastest riding animal
Horse
 
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43 mph
fastest dog
Greyhound
105 mph
fastest bird in flapping flight
White-throated Needletail
61 mph
highest vertebrate speed-to-body-length ratio
Anna's Hummingbird
60 mph
fastest bird on the ground
Ostrich
20 mph
fastest reptile on land
Six-lined Racerunner
13 mph
fastest snake
Black Mamba
40 mph
fastest marine mammal
Dolphin
31 mph
fastest whale
Orca
35 mph
fastest primate
Patas Monkey
24 mph
fastest human
Usain Bolt
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Level 15
Mar 19, 2013
Great quiz
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Level 80
Mar 19, 2013
Thank you! :-D I'm happy you enjoyed it.
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Level 21
Oct 29, 2017
yay 100%
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Level 80
Jul 8, 2013
100 people have taken this quiz now and still nobody has gotten the free-tailed bat, white-throated needletail, six-lined racerunner, or patas monkey.
I could accept "bat" for free-tailed bat and "monkey" for patas monkey but I think that would be just a little too easy. hm...
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Level 80
Jul 8, 2013
Changed it. Maybe someone will get the right answers now. I don't know how else I could possibly make the needletail or racerunner easier to get... I guess I'll just have to accept those staying at 1%.
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Level 80
Jul 8, 2013
Now that I've mentioned the answers in the comments section, some people might see them here and arrive at the answer that way... but you all know... cheetahs never prosper.
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Level 64
Sep 2, 2018
I knew the needletail, though I still had to research its English name. If you still want to make it easier, you could accept “swift” as a type-in.
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Level 80
Sep 2, 2018
thanks. I'll do that.
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Level 6
Aug 16, 2013
I got the free tailed bat
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Level 80
Aug 16, 2013
awesome! :D ::high-five:: though, I think I changed it so that it will accept simply "bat" now. Before you had to type in the whole name.
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Level 77
Aug 24, 2013
Come on! I put leatherback turtle and it didn't take it.
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Level 80
Aug 25, 2013
I'll add that as an acceptable answer.
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Level 78
Jul 6, 2014
I tried rabbit, and when it wasn't accepted I didn't try a specific type, since bat, monkey, and mamba all were accepted.
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Level 80
Jul 7, 2014
Jackrabbits are much better known than Patas Monkeys, or Free-Tailed Bats. Before I changed it to simply accept monkey and bat both of those answers were close to 0% guessed. And re: black mambas... while technically not all mambas are black mambas there are only four species of mamba and the black is definitely the most famous. Some probably aren't even aware that there are others. So I included it as a type-in.
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Level 50
Jul 10, 2014
Usain Bolt... I love it!
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Level 43
Mar 15, 2015
The fastest riding animal can't be the horse, man. The ostrich can be used as a riding animal. I also know that mooses were used as well in some europeans countries, for exemple by criminals wanting to escape the police because the mooses were faster than the horses. But it's not sure.
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Level 58
Mar 30, 2015
Aughhh there's an "e" at the end of "Peregrine." Right. Well, I knew it, just couldn't currently spell it.
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Level 20
May 22, 2015
You have fastest marine mammal but not fastest marine reptile for the leatherback sea turtle. You just have "fastest reptile" and I was thinking of lizards that can run really fast on land (spiny tailed iguana, komodo dragon, Black Racer snakes, etc.). Maybe you can change it to "fastest marine reptile"?
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Level 80
May 22, 2015
The leatherback sea turtle is the fastest reptile, period, land sea or air. The six-lined racerunner is the fastest land-based reptile, and so is given the caveat "on land." If you looked at the other clues you should be able to figure out that the fastest reptile is not moving on land.

I guess you *would* have been right if you had chosen a different inconsistency to point out... and that would be in the fastest flying mammal category, not the fastest marine mammal. That's because the free-tailed bat is the fastest mammal on land sea or air. I could eliminate the "flying" caveat from its clue and the quiz would remain the same. But the marine designation for the dolphin is necessary as dolphins are slower than a wide variety of other land/air mammals, in contrast to the sea turtle which moves faster than any reptile.
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Level 80
May 22, 2015
In addition, sea turtles spend part of their life on land and part in the sea so they are not truly marine animals. They are amphibious.
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Level 22
Nov 29, 2016
Isn't Usian Bolt the fastest human, clocking at 28mph. could be wrong though.
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Level 22
Nov 29, 2016
oh im sorry i spelled Usain Bolt wrong thats why.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2016
no problem.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2016
The answer is Usain Bolt for fastest human. So I'm not sure what you mean, unless you're just questioning the figure for his top speed. I put in 24 mph.
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Level 71
Dec 31, 2016
Great quiz! Shocked about the leatherback sea turtle, never would have guessed that a big, bulky turtle would be the fastest reptile.
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Level 80
Dec 31, 2016
well they are very slow on land, but very good swimmers.
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2019
thye ride on the warm sea currents ;)
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Level 64
Jan 4, 2017
Great quiz. I got all the ones I knew, and would never have got the ones I didn't know (the bottom nine). Though I did think rabbit.
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Level 31
Sep 2, 2018
So happy I got Jackrabbit hahaha, great quiz
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Level 44
Dec 26, 2018
Great quiz, but orcas are not whales
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Level 80
Dec 26, 2018
killer
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Level 65
Mar 6, 2019
Seconded
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2019
you should add; fastest reptile ON water, namely the baselisk (or jesus) lizard :) (I believe the only one to run on water, but you can never be sure you have seen or heard about everything)
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Level 51
Apr 24, 2020
Aren't orcas dolphins and not whales though?