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10 Facts about Sloths

  1. The sloth is the world's slowest mammal.
  2. Sloths sleep up to 20 hours per day, and are so sedentary that green algae grows on their fur. The presence of algae helps sloths camouflage themselves in trees.
  3. Most common in Central America are two-toed (Choloepus hoffmanni) and three-toed (Bradypus variegatus). You tell them apart by counting toes on their front feet. Three-toed sloth are usually cuter, with what appears an ever present smile!
  4. Sloths are incredible swimmers, using a doggie-paddle move.
  5. Ancient ground sloth were very large, some of the largest land mammals ever to walk the Earth. Theu weighed u to 4 metric tons and were as big as today's elephants. They lived in North America, and went extinct about 11,000 years ago.
  6. Three-toed sloths are vegetarians and they rotate their heads 300 degrees to better see approaching predators.
  7. Thanks to slow metabolism, sloths defecate only once per week. They climb down their tree, which is dangerous for them.
  8. When female three-toed sloths are in heat, they shriek and scream to attract a mate.
  9. A baby cloth stays with its mother for up to a year, clinging to mom's belly.
  10. Sloths hang effortlessly from trees. Their long and hard claws act as hooks, so they can remain suspended indefinitely.