Mammal Extremes

What is the Fastest Mammal?

You guessed it.............. the Cheetah can accelerate to 45 mph in just 2 seconds. The long legged cat can also reach a speed of up to 65 mph in short bursts when they are hunting.


Cheetah Diagram

 What is the Slowest Mammal?

The Sloth is a very slow moving animal that moves less than 1 mile per hour (2kph), walking upside down along tree branches.



 What is the Biggest Mammal?

The Blue Whale is the biggest animal that ever lived on earth measuring up to 29 metres (94ft) long. Its heart is the size of a small car.
Blue Whale


 What is the Smallest Mammal?

The Pygmy Shrew (weighing 1.2-2.7 g) and the Bumblebee Bat (weighing about 2 g).

 Pygmy Shrew

What is the Tallest Mammal?

The Giraffe is the tallest land animal. The giraffecan grow up to 19 feet (6 m) tall.
A baby giraffe is about 6 feet tall at birth.



 What is the Smelliest Mammal?

Skunks produce a very smelly spray that repels most predators. This oily, yellow liquid is produced in two glands located under the tail. They can spray up to 10 ft (3 m) away. The smell is long-lasting and very hard to get rid of - tomato juice helps.



What is the only Venomous Mammal?

The Duck-billed Platypus males are venomous, they have a poisoned spike on their ankles which the platypus can use to kill small animals in self-defence.

Duck-bille Platypus

Duck-billed Platypus