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Sloths move only when necessary and even then very slowly: they have about a quarter as much muscle tissue as other animals of similar weight. They can move at a marginally higher speed if they are in immediate danger from a predator (4 m or 13 feet per minute for the three-toed sloth), but they burn large amounts of energy doing so.


Sloth are mammals indigenous to the rain forest.

Sloth Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pilosa

Other Names:

Sloth in Foreign Languages:

Catalan: peresós
Cherokee: nvgidiganvsdi udanulv
Croatian: ljenjivac / tipavac
Czech: lenochod
Danish: dovendyr
Dutch: luiaard
Esperanto: bradipo / virbradipo / bradipino bradipido / virbradipido / bradipidino
Estonian: laiskloom
Finnish: laiskiainen
French: paresseux / aï
German: Faultier
Greek: vradýpous
Hungarian: lajhár / letidýr

Ido: bradipo / bradipulo / bradipino / bradipyuno / bradipyunulo / bradipyunino
Indonesian: kukang
Italian: bradipo
Japanese: namakemono)
Korean: namuneulbo
Navajo: ndilna'ii
Norwegian: dovendyr
Nynorsk: dovendyr
Polish: leniwiec
Portuguese: bicho-preguiça / preguiça
Russian: l'enívec
Slovene: lenivec
Spanish: perezoso
Swahili: mvivu-miti / slothu
Swedish: sengångare
Venezuela: pereza


Conservation Status:

Size: Sloths have a body length of 21 to 29 inches and they weigh 10 to 20 pounds.

Habitat: Sloths are found in Central America and South America. Sloths inhabit the tropical forests and cloud forests.

Description: Sloths are medium sized mammals, they have long, sharp claws which they use to get good grip when they are climbing trees or hanging from branches. They have strong limbs and small heads, tiny eyes and ears, and a small tail hidden beneath their fur.

Diet: Sloths eat leaves, buds, insects and fruit. Sloths will occasionally eat small reptiles and birds.

Behavior: Sloths are very slow moving and they spend the majority of their time in trees. Sloths are nocturnal; they are most active at night and sleep all day.

Gestation: Sloth carry their young for 7 to 10 months depending on the species.

Did You Know?

Sloths sleep 15 to 20 hours a day.

Birth: Newborn sloth are 12 to 16 ounces at birth and they measure 10 inches long.

Sexually Mature: Sloths are sexually mature between the ages of 2 to 5 years of age. Females typically mature before males.

Life Span: Sloths live 10 to 15 years in the wild. Sloths are preyed upon by jaguars, birds of prey and snakes.

Did You Know?

Sloths will come to ground once per week to defecate.

Social Structure: Sloths are solitary animals and only come together to mate.

Sloth Gifts




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