The sloth is the slowest mammal on Earth. It takes a month for a sloth to move 1 kilometer!
Sloths are arboreal animals, which means that they spend most of their liveshanging upside-down from tree branches. They eat, sleep, mate, and give birth upside-down in the trees. They hold onto tree branches with strong, curved claws that are on each of their fourfeet
Sloths are herbivores. They eat leaves, tender young trees, and fruit. But it's hard to find time to eat during the sloth's busy schedule that includes sleeping about 15-18hours each day.
The main difference between the two-toed and three-toed sloths (besides the number of toes) is that the three-toed sloth is diurnal and the two-toed sloth is nocturnal.Both of the animals are about 1.5 - 2 feet in length. Both species have a stumpy tail.
Everything a sloth does is slow. It chews slowly, blinks its eyes slowly, and definitely movesslowly, eats very slowly (and only need a little bit of food), and they don't require much water, because they don't expend much energy. It takes nearly a week for a sloth to digest onemeal.
Sloths mate and give birth while hanging in the trees. Three-toed sloth babies are often seen clinging to their mothers—they travel by hanging on to them for the first nine monthsof their lives. They are surprisingly good swimmers.
Sloths are hunted by jaguars, harpy eagles, and people. A sloth's main forms of protection are its camouflage (greatlyincreased by the coating of algae growing on its fur) and its very slow movement; these adaptations make it virtually disappear in the rain forest canopy.
The sloth got its name from its slowmovement.
It is not lazy, just slow-moving!
Costa Rica is home to two of the five species of sloth, the two-toed (Chollepus hoffmanni) and three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus).
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