Land Animals

Land animals, or more appropriately terrestrial animals, are those that spend most of their time on land. These animals are generally more intelligent and develop more than aquatic animals.

Many animals live on land, ranging from tiny insects to the African elephant, and include big cats, flightless birds, scaly reptiles, and snails moving lazily along the ground.

Land Animals

List of Land Animals



  • American Rhea
  • Buff-browed Chachalaca
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Chaco Chachalaca
  • Chestnut-headed Chachalaca
  • Chestnut-winged Chachalaca
  • Colombian Chachalaca
  • Common Ostrich
  • Darwin’s Rhea
  • Dwarf Cassowary
  • East Brazilian Chachalaca
  • Emu
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Great Spotted Kiwi
  • Grey-headed Chachalaca
  • Lesser Roadrunner
  • Little Chachalaca
  • Little Spotted Kiwi
  • Northern Cassowary
  • North Island Brown Kiwi
  • Okarito Kiwi
  • Plain Chachalaca
  • Rufous-bellied Chachalaca
  • Rufous-headed Chachalaca
  • Rufous-vented Chachalaca
  • Scaled Chachalaca
  • Somali Ostrich
  • Southern Brown Kiwi
  • Southern Cassowary
  • Speckled Chachalaca
  • West Mexican Chachalaca
  • White-bellied Chachalaca


  • Common Garden Snail
  • European Medicinal Leech
  • New Guinea Flatworm
  • New Zealand Flatworm
  • Roman Snail
  • Horned Dung Beetle


  • African Spurred Tortoise
  • Aldabran Giant Tortoise
  • Amazon Tree Boa
  • Angonoka Tortoise
  • Angulated Tortoise
  • Bearded Pygmy Chameleon
  • Bengal Monitor Lizard
  • Berger’s Cape Tortoise
  • Black-headed Python
  • Black Whipsnake
  • Boa Constrictor
  • Brahminy Blind Snake
  • Brazilian Giant Tortoise
  • Burmese Star Tortoise
  • Calabar Python
  • Chaco Tortoise
  • Common Agama
  • Common Chameleon
  • Common European Adder
  • Common Garter Snake
  • Cuban Iguana
  • Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard
  • Egyptian Tortoise
  • Fiji Crested Iguana
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoise
  • Galapagos Land Iguana
  • Gila Monster
  • Gold Dust Day Gecko
  • Gopher Tortoise
  • Greek Tortoise
  • Green Iguana
  • Ground Agama
  • Hermann’s Tortoise
  • Indian Python
  • Indian Rat Snake
  • Indian Skink
  • Indian Star Tortoise
  • Jackson’s Chameleon
  • Karoo Dwarf Tortoise
  • King Cobra
  • Komodo Dragon
  • Madagascar Tree Boa
  • Marginated Tortoise
  • Mediterranean House Gecko
  • Mojave Desert Tortoise
  • New Caledonian Giant Gecko
  • Northern Rubber Boa
  • Panther Chameleon
  • Puerto Rican Boa
  • Radiated Tortoise
  • Red-footed Tortoise
  • Russian Tortoise
  • San Salvador Iguana
  • Seychelles’ Giant Tortoise
  • Speckled Padloper Tortoise
  • Spectral Pygmy Chameleon
  • Stejneger’s Snail Sucker
  • Tree Goanna
  • Tuatara
  • Usambara Pitted Pygmy Chameleon
  • Veiled Chameleon
  • West African Rainbow Lizard
  • Western Banded Gecko
  • Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
  • Yucatán Spinytail Iguana


1. Which species is the fastest land animal?

The cheetah is the fastest animal on land, reaching up to 70 mph while running.

2. What land animal has the largest eyes?

The ostrich has the largest eyes of any animal that stays entirely on land, with its 2-inch long eyeball larger than its brain.

3. What was the first land animal on earth?

Over 420 million years ago, ancient millipedes first walked on land.

4. What is the biggest land animal?

The African elephant is the largest terrestrial creature, reaching heights of up to 10 feet and weighing over 10,000 lbs.

5. What land animal lives the longest?

The Seychelles’ giant tortoise is the longest-living land animal, with the record currently held by a 190-year-old named Jonathan, who has been living in St. Helena since 1882.

6. What is the dumbest land animal?

The giant panda isn’t known for its intelligence, to say the least, given the difficulties conservation experts have faced in maintaining their numbers. This isn’t helped because pandas are not known to care for their young and may even kill them if they get tired of rearing them.

7. What is the strongest land animal?

Horned dung beetles can lift over 1141 times their body weight, compared to other dung beetles, which can only do 250 times. This makes them the strongest animal on land.

8. What land animal has the best hearing?

While dogs and elephants have amazing hearing, the land animal with the best hearing is the common vampire bat, capable of hearing anything from 2,000 to 110,000 Hz. 

9. What is the most dangerous land animal?

The African Cape buffalo is the world’s most dangerous land animal, goring and killing over 200 people yearly.

10. What is the world’s loudest land animal?

The loudest land animal is the bulldog bat, capable of generating sounds at 140 dB, far beyond the range of human beings.

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