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Top 10 Lazy Animals

A koala and baby at wild life in Sydney. Image via slgckgc, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever wondered what the top 10 lazy animals in the world were?

Well, we have, so without further adieu, here is our list of the laziest inhabitants of the animal kingdom! Some of these animals are spending a lot of time doing nothing. Still, it is exciting to see why they are doing it.

Some animals take a lot of time for their metabolism or burn a lot of energy, which they need to regain while resting. For most, when not all of these animals, there is a reason for them being “lazy.”

Look at the list we have created or hop to every animal.

Key Points

AnimalHabitat and CharacteristicsUnique Behavior/Feature
1. Sloth– Found in tropical rainforests of South and Central America – Hangs upside down in treesSluggish movement and low-energy lifestyle
2. Panda– Primarily in mountainous regions of southwest China – Eats bamboo exclusivelyRequires a large bamboo diet daily
3. Hippopotamus– Spends most of the day in rivers and lakes – Has barrel-shaped body and eyes, ears, and nose on top of the headCan see and breathe while submerged in water
4. Koala– Found in open forest and woodland areas with food trees – Can persist in urban areasReliant on specific food trees for habitat
5. Opossum– North America – Great tree climbers with sharp claws and prehensile tailBuild nests in tree holes or dens
6. Python– Predatory snake – Constricts and suffocates prey with its bodySharp backward-pointing teeth for hunting
7. Nurse Shark– Bottom-dwelling, slow-moving – Can grow up to 14 feet longDefensive biting if bothered by divers
8. Echidna– Monotreme egg-laying mammals – Found in AustraliaUnique and adorable appearance
9. Blue Tongued Lizard– Native to large parts of Australia – Also known as the western bluetongue snailDistinctive blue tongue and large size
10. Cuckoo– Known for laying eggs in other birds’ nests – Brood parasitism strategyRears offspring with ‘foster parents’

#1 Sloth

Baby sloth
Baby sloth at the orphanage. Image via Allhailfintan, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Average Lifespan20-30 years
Size2 to 2.5 feet
Weight8 to 17 pounds
DietHerbivore (leaves)
Speed0.24 to 0.3 mph
Activity LevelMostly nocturnal

Sloths are a group of arboreal Neotropical xenarthran mammals, constituting the suborder Folivora.

Noted for their slow movement, they spend most of their lives hanging upside down in the trees of the tropical rainforests of South America and Central America.

One animal that you would certainly expect to see on this list.

#2 Panda

Panda close to tree branch. Image via Aaron Logan, CC BY 1.0, via Wikimedia Commons
SpeciesGiant Panda
Average Lifespan20-30 years
Size4.6 to 6.2 feet
Weight220 to 250 pounds
DietBamboo, occasionally small mammals
HabitatMountainous bamboo forests
Conservation StatusEndangered

The panda, with its striking black and white coat, is loved worldwide and regarded as a Chinese national treasure. 

Pandas are primarily found in temperate forests high in the mountains of southwest China, where they eat bamboo almost exclusively.

Depending on their bamboo portion, they must consume anywhere from 26 to 84 pounds each day. 

#3 Hippopotamus

Hippo and its young. Image by Christels via Pixabay
SpeciesHippopotamus amphibius
Average LifespanUp to 40-50 years
Size10 to 15 feet (length)
Weight3,000 to 4,000 pounds
DietHerbivore (mainly grass)
HabitatRivers and lakes
Speed (in water)19 mph (maximum)

Hippos are giant semi-aquatic mammals with a barrel-shaped bodies, short legs, short tails, and a massive heads! Their skin is greyish to muddy-brown on the outside and pale pink on the inside.

Hippos spend the majority of the day in rivers and lakes. Because their eyes, nose, and ears are on their heads, they can see and breathe while submerged in water.

You can explore the world of baby hippos with our dedicated article.

#4 Koala

Koala in tree
Koala climbing tree. Image via Diliff, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
SpeciesKoala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
Average Lifespan10-15 years
Size24 to 33 inches (length)
Weight9 to 31 pounds
DietHerbivore (eucalyptus leaves)
HabitatEucalyptus forests
Conservation StatusVulnerable

Koalas can be found in a variety of open forest and woodland groups. The presence of a small number of food trees ultimately characterizes their habitat.

Where food trees grow on more rich soils and along watercourses, koalas can be found in higher quantities.

However, they persist in urban areas and locations where their habitat has been largely removed.

#5 Opussom

North American Opossum with winter coat. Image via Cody Pope, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
SpeciesVirginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
Average Lifespan2-4 years
Size10 to 14 inches (length)
Weight4 to 14 pounds
DietOmnivore (insects, fruits, small animals)
HabitatForests, urban areas

In North America, there are several dozen different opossum species, commonly referred to as possums. The Virginia opossum, often known as the common opossum. It is the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States and Canada.

Opossums are great tree climbers and spend much time in the trees.

Sharp claws that burrow into the bark and a lengthy prehensile tail. This can be employed as an extra leg to assist them in achieving this.

Opossums build their nests in tree holes or dens dug out by other animals.

#6 Python

Green tree Python
Green tree python (Morelia viridis ssp. shireenae). Lockhart, Queensland, Australia. Image via JJ Harrison, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
SpeciesBall Python (Python regius)
Average Lifespan20-30 years
Size3 to 5 feet
Weight3 to 5 pounds
DietCarnivore (small mammals, birds)
HabitatGrasslands, forests

The snake catches prey with its sharp backward-pointing teeth. Then wraps its body around it, squeezing tighter with each exhale until the animal suffocates.

Another animal I would expect to see here.

#7 Nurse Shark

Nurse shark
Two nurse sharks at Davy Crocker Reef, Florida Keys. The sharks are common and relatively tame at this reef due to feeding by divers in the past. Image via Jstuby, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
SpeciesNurse Shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum)
Average Lifespan25-35 years
Size7 to 9 feet
Weight200 to 300 pounds
DietCarnivore (fish, invertebrates)
HabitatCoral reefs, shallow waters

Nurse sharks are bottom-dwelling, slow-moving creatures that are safe for humans.

They can grow to be huge—up to 14 feet long—and have powerful jaws loaded with thousands of small, serrated teeth. If stomped on or bothered by divers who assume they’re placid, they’ll bite defensively.

#8 Echidna

Australian echidna
Australian echidna very unique. Image by markrhiggins via Depositphtos
SpeciesShort-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
Average Lifespan15-20 years
Size12 to 18 inches (length)
Weight4 to 9 pounds
DietInsectivore (ants, termites)
HabitatForests, grasslands

The Echidna comprise four of the five living species in a group of egg-laying mammals known as monotremes.

They do look adorable tho!

#9 Blue tongued lizard

Blue tongue Lizard
A blue tongued skink (or blue tongued lizard) photographed on a road near Wentworth NSW Australia. Image via Paulr, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
SpeciesBlue-Tongued Lizard (Tiliqua scincoides)
Average Lifespan15-20 years
Size12 to 24 inches (length)
Weight0.9 to 1.5 pounds
DietOmnivore (insects, plants)
HabitatWoodlands, gardens

The bluetongue lizard, also called Tiliqua occipitalis, is a large skink that is native to large parts of Australia.

It is also known as the western bluetongue snail.

#10 Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo bird in Turkey. Image via Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
SpeciesVarious cuckoo species
Average LifespanVaries by species
SizeVaries by species
DietMainly insectivorous, some are brood parasites
HabitatVaries by species, often woodlands and forests

Cuckoos are famous for laying an egg in another bird’s nest. Leaving the offspring to be raised and fed by ‘foster parents.’

This ingenious strategy enables the rearing of more baby cuckoos than would otherwise be possible.

Summary of Top 10 Lazy Animals

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Thank you for reading about the Top 10 Lazy Animals. You expected to see some of them on the list, while others might have surprised you.

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