1. Mighty mite

The mite Paratarsotomus macropalpis, although no bigger than a sesame seed, was recently recorded running at up to 322 body lengths per second.

2. Australian tiger beetle

The Australian tiger beetle tops out at 171 body lengths per second. That’s over 22 times the speed of former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson.

3. Wind scorpion

The wind scorpion runs at about 10 mph, which is several dozen body lengths per second.

4. American cockroach

The American cockroach has been clocked at running 3.4 mph, which is about 50 body lengths per second.

5. Cheetah

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on record, in terms of absolute speed (not accounting for size). They can run 75 mph and can accelerate to 62 mph in three seconds.

6. Springbok

The springbok is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. It reaches speeds up to 62 mph and can leap 13 feet in the air.

7. Pronghorn antelope

The pronghorn antelope can run 55 mph, but it has at least one skill over that of cheetahs. It sustains high speeds longer than cheetahs can.

8. Lion

An African lion is seen at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris.

9. Black-buck antelope

The black-buck antelope, native to India, has been measured running 50 mph. Because of the male’s impressive horns, it is unfortunately one of the most popular trophy animals for hunters.

10. House centipede

House centipedes, with their many legs, can really move. They have been clocked at sprinting 420 mm per second.

 

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