10 Facts about Sloths
- The sloth is the world's slowest mammal.
- 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.
- 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!
- Sloths are incredible swimmers, using a doggie-paddle move.
- 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.
- Three-toed sloths are vegetarians and they rotate their heads 300 degrees to better see approaching predators.
- Thanks to slow metabolism, sloths defecate only once per week. They climb down their tree, which is dangerous for them.
- When female three-toed sloths are in heat, they shriek and scream to attract a mate.
- A baby cloth stays with its mother for up to a year, clinging to mom's belly.
- Sloths hang effortlessly from trees. Their long and hard claws act as hooks, so they can remain suspended indefinitely.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 17:14