25 Fastest Land Animals

Posted by , Updated on March 23, 2017

In the wild, speed is one of the most important means of survival. If you happen to be one of the slowest animals in the world, then you have to be smart enough to outwit your predators. As such, the fastest animals in the world have a distinct advantage. These include the fastest animals in water, the fastest animal in air and the fastest animals on land. Today’s list is going to focus on the 25 fastest land animals.

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Greyhound

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The second domesticated animal on the list; the greyhound used to be primarily bred for racing, but is now more popular as a family pet. This sight-hound can speed up to 43 mph (69 kph) within 30 m and bound at almost 20 mps for the race’s first 250 meters. This breed is second to the fastest animal on land, the cheetah in terms of accelerating over a short distance.

14

Onager

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A member of the genus Equus along with horses, donkeys, mule, etc., it can run at speeds up to 43 mph (69 kph).

13

Coyote

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Also known as the American jackal; the coyote can reach speeds of up to 43 mph (69 kph) and can devour almost anything from small mammals to insects to your pets.

12

Ostrich

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The fastest bird on land clocking at 43.5 mph (70 kph) is also the largest living species of bird in the world and also lays the largest eggs.

11

Red Kangaroo

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These guys can hop at speeds of up to 44 mph (71 kph) and maintain that speed for 1.2 miles (2 km). The faster it hops the lesser energy it consumes.


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