Similar to people, animals also have those days when they just want to be lazy. But some animals take the meaning of laziness to a whole new level. Imagine sleeping your entire day away, literally 20 hours — sloths and brown bats do it daily. With them, every day is a lazy day, with some spending only a few hours awake!
Sleeps for: 18–22 hours a day
Koalas are mostly nocturnal but they still end up sleeping most of the day away. They need a lot of energy to digest their food, which is one of the reasons they spend a lot of time sleeping.
Sleeps for: 20 hours a day
When people think of the word “lazy”, sloths are often one of the first animals to come to mind, and it’s not surprising. They sleep for up to 20 hours a day and are known for being extremely slow-moving. They live in the tropical rainforests of South America and spend most of their time hanging from tree branches, moving only when necessary. It can take them several hours to do anything, after which they usually rest some more.
Sleeps for: 18–20 hours a day
Opossums are champion sleepers, getting an impressive 18 to 20 hours of sleep a day. They are incredibly slow-moving, and once they find a place that provides the food and shelter they need, they stay, only opting to move if absolutely necessary.
4. Giant Panda
Sleeps for: 10 hours a day
These cute and cuddly animals spend their entire day eating and sleeping — eating about 12–16 hours a day and sleeping about 10 hours a day. To keep away from predators, they like to sleep in trees.
Sleeps for: 16–20 hours a day
Hippos have truly mastered the art of lazing around and sleep for 16 to 20 hours each day. When on land, you’ll often see them basking in the sun and napping together in large groups, but they don’t just sleep on land; they take their naps to the water to and even manage to rise to the surface to breathe while still snoozing. Hippos are herbivorous and do most of their foraging at night. They can spend an impressive five hours at a time just grazing on grass.
Sleeps for: 18–19 hours a day
There are 21 species of armadillo, some are small while others are quite large. They all tend to live close to the equator, and they spend the majority of their day sleeping in burrows. During the mornings and evenings, they venture out to find food.
Sleeps for: 18 hours a day
Pythons are slow-moving animals that tend to be fairly inactive. They sleep for up to 18 hours a day normally and tire quickly. When digesting food, which happens once a week when they feed, they sleep more. And, before shedding, which is very energy-demanding, they may sleep for a week to prepare.
8. Brown Bat
Sleeps for: 20 hours a day
Bats can actually sleep for 20 hours a day. Not only do they pretty much sleep their lives away but they also hibernate for half of the year because of the scarcity of food.
Sleeps for: 16 hours a day
The word lemur means “spirits of the night.” This does make sense, considering they are nocturnal animals that tend to be extremely active at night. The majority of the species live their entire lives in trees. Their life span is approximately 18 years.
10. Pygmy bluetongue lizard
Sleeps for: >10 hours a day
The pygmy bluetongue lizard is incredibly elusive and was at one point thought to be ᴇxᴛɪɴᴄᴛ. Native to Australia, they live in spider burrows and feed on passing insects. They don’t actively catch their prey though, preferring instead to lay in the burrow with their head pointing up toward the entrance waiting for something to fall in. They don’t even leave to drink, relying instead on raindrops and dew that form around the burrow opening. As lazy as their lifestyle may sound though, it’s mostly a form of predator avoidance.