Facts about Sloths
Sloths are close relatives to armadillos, and anteaters.
Sloth are among the slowest moving mammals. Sloths are
often thought of as lazy, they are not lazy they simply
move very slowly. Sloths are solitary creatures and
spend much of their lives alone.
Sloths have round flattened face with small ears and
a relatively small head. Sloth will often look somewhat
green, this is due to a green algae that frequently
grows on their fur coats. The algae is common in hot,
wet, conditions in the area sloths live. The green hue
helps hide the sloth in the tree top canopy. Sloths
have excellent neck rotation similar to an owl. Sloth
usually only come down from the tree when food runs
out and they need to move to another tree, or to defecate.
On the ground sloths are easy prey for their predators.
Sloths spend much of their lives upside-down. Sloths
eat leaves and hang upside down from branches with their
long sharp hooked claws. They sleep and even give birth
hanging on tree branches upside down. There are two
families of sloths, two toed sloths and three-toed sloths.
Both sloth families have three toes on their hind legs,
and depending on their classification they have either
two or three on their front legs.
Sloths are herbivores eating leaves, twigs, buds and
fruit. Sloths find leaves using smell and touch.
Mother sloths carry their young with them for the
first six months.
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