Mighty mite faster than a cheetah

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CLAREMONT, CA – Hello science fans today we’re talking about the fastest land animal on earth. Most people think it’s the cheetah. Not anymore.

The new reigning champion is a mighty mite. That’s according to researchers at Pitzer and Pomona Colleges in Claremont, California, who had to record the speed demon to time it.

This little bugger is no larger than a sesame seed but can move 322 body lengths in a second. Second fastest animal is a tiger beetle which moves at 171 body lengths per second which would also leave a cheetah in its dust. The cheetah’s grace and beauty are unmatched but this kitty can only move 16 body lengths per second.