What's it
like to be
an animal?

If you're six feet tall, 10 miles per hour probably doesn't feel very fast. But what if you were just six inches tall, like a squirrel? It would feel quite a bit faster. This site shows the actual speeds of animals and how fast they would be going if they were your size.

Animals: land air water insect
feet meters
Graph: top speed feels like

Imagine what it's like for a tiny insect to jump and fly as quickly as they do. They might cover 40 body lengths in a second. To a six-foot person that's 164 mph. This site tries to understand how it feels to move like a fly, a squirrel, a cat, a rhinocerous, or a falcon.

Land Animals

African Bush Elephant African Bush Elephant
Loxodonta africana
top speed 40 km/h
feels like 10.4 km/h

African Wild Dog African Wild Dog
Lycaon pictus
top speed 72.5 km/h
feels like 130.5 km/h

black mamba black mamba
Dendroaspis polylepis
top speed 32.2 km/h
feels like 17 km/h

Brown Bear Brown Bear
Ursus arctos
top speed 35 km/h
feels like 25.2 km/h

cheetah cheetah
Acinonyx jubatus
top speed 120 km/h
feels like 160 km/h

coyote coyote
Canis latrans
top speed 69 km/h
feels like 138 km/h

domestic cat domestic cat
Felis catus
top speed 48 km/h
feels like 172.8 km/h

Eastern Gray Squirrel Eastern Gray Squirrel
Sciurius carolinensis
top speed 20 km/h
feels like 128.6 km/h

elk elk
Cervus canadensis
top speed 72.4 km/h
feels like 93.1 km/h

Galapagos tortoise Galapagos tortoise
Geochelone nigra
top speed 0.3 km/h
feels like 0.4 km/h

garden snail garden snail
Helix aspersa
top speed 0.1 km/h
feels like 2.7 km/h

giraffe giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis
top speed 52 km/h
feels like 18 km/h

gray fox gray fox
Urocyon cinereoargenteus
top speed 67.6 km/h
feels like 119.3 km/h

greyhound greyhound
Canis familiaris
top speed 63.5 km/h
feels like 154.5 km/h

grizzly bear grizzly bear
Ursus arctos
top speed 56 km/h
feels like 40.3 km/h

horse horse
Equus ferus caballus
top speed 88 km/h
feels like 79.2 km/h

house mouse house mouse
Mus musculus
top speed 13 km/h
feels like 260 km/h

lion lion
Panthera leo
top speed 80 km/h
feels like 51.4 km/h

Mongolian wild ass Mongolian wild ass
Equus hemionus
top speed 64 km/h
feels like 51.2 km/h

ostrich ostrich
Struthio camelus
top speed 70 km/h
feels like 50.4 km/h

pig pig
Sus domestica
top speed 17.7 km/h
feels like 35.4 km/h

Polar Bear Polar Bear
Ursus maritimus
top speed 30 km/h
feels like 22.3 km/h

Pronghorn Pronghorn
Antilocapra americana
top speed 98 km/h
feels like 126 km/h

rabbit rabbit
Sylvilagus floridanus
top speed 48 km/h
feels like 192 km/h

red kangaroo red kangaroo
Macropus rufus
top speed 70 km/h
feels like 63 km/h

roadrunner roadrunner
Geococcyx californianus
top speed 32 km/h
feels like 106.7 km/h

six-lined race runner six-lined race runner
Cnemidophorus sexlineatus
top speed 29 km/h
feels like 261 km/h

Spotted Hyena Spotted Hyena
Crocuta crocuta
top speed 64 km/h
feels like 88.6 km/h

Thomson's gazelle Thomson's gazelle
Eudorcas thomsoni
top speed 65 km/h
feels like 146.2 km/h

white-tailed deer white-tailed deer
Odocoileus virginianus
top speed 48.2 km/h
feels like 45.7 km/h

wildebeest wildebeest
Connochaetes gnou
top speed 64 km/h
feels like 57.6 km/h

zebra zebra
Equus zebra
top speed 64.4 km/h
feels like 52.7 km/h

Site concept, design, and creation by Alex Reisner. Animal descriptions are from Wikipedia and some silhouettes are from All Silhouettes.