\" \" The mandibles of the Dracula ant (Mystrium camillae) are the fastest-known moving animal appendages, snapping shut at speeds of up to 295 feet (90 meters) per second. Think 5,000 times faster than the blink of an eye. Think 1,000 times faster than you can snap your finger. Smaller animals tend to be faster than larger animals,\" Fred Larabee of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, another of the study's authors, said. \"It would not surprise me that some of these termites that are much smaller than Mystrium are much faster.\"