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Sloths are mammals
There are six species for sloth divided into two groups the two-toed sloth and the three-toed sloth.
The two-toed sloth is larger than the three-toed sloth.
Sloths live in the jungles and rainforests of Central and South America.
Sloths have small heads with big eyes, tiny ears and short stubby tails.
They have long legs with long toes that look like claws. The two-toed sloth has two and the three-toed sloth has three.
A sloth’s claws are their only defense against predators.
Jaguars, eagles, snakes and humans are all predators to the sloth.
Sloths have a greenish color algae that grows on their fur that acts as camouflage in the trees.
Sloths can weigh up to 40 pounds are 50-60 cm long.
They can live up to 40 years old.
Sloths are arboreal mammals meaning they spend most of their time in trees. In fact sloths spend most of their time hanging upside down from trees.
Sloths spend most of their day sleeping and eating.
Sloths sleep between 15-18 hours a day.
Sloths are great swimmers. They haven been known to drop down from trees directly into water.
Sloths are known as the smallest mammal on earth.
They only move 13ft per minute.
Sloths are solitary mammals meaning they spend most of their time alone. They only contact of sloths when mating.
Sloths eat mostly leaves however they may also eat twigs, fruit, insects and sometimes even small birds.
Mother sloths give birth to one baby per year.
Sloths are related to anteaters and armadillos.
Fun Fact: An extinct species of sloths known as ground sloths were the size of an elephant!