In Central and South America, sloths take the tall tree as their home, because long claws make it difficult for them to walk on the ground.
Learn more about these unique animals and why they belong to wildlife.
1. Two types of sloths
There are two tyles of sloths,two-toed and three-toed. But this will confuse us because both types have three claws on their hind limbs.
2. Natural camouflage
The sloth has a symbiotic relationship with the algae growing on the fur. Although the sloth provides shelter and water for the algae (because the lazy fur is highly absorbent), the algae provide camouflage and extra nutrients to the sloth through the skin.
3. Hanging Around
Sloth spend most of its life hanging upside down on the tree. Studies have shown that this is possible because their organs are attached to the ribs, which means they do not depress the lungs.
4. Green diet
Sloth's diets mainly include buds, leaves and shoots, although some sloths are known to eat insects and birds to supplement their diet. They have a multi-compartment stomach that effectively digests the tough cellulose they eat.
5. Taking it Slow
The nature of the sloth makes it possible to save energy and move at a slower rate than any other mammal on the planet. This modest speed means that sloths typically travel no more than 125 feet (38 meters) in a single day, and in rare cases they find themselves on the ground level, crawling only 1 foot (30 centimeters) per minute.
6. Beauty sleep
The Greek goddess Aergia is the ancient incarnation of sloth and sleeps often. Modern sloth's sleep patterns depend on its habitat. The captive sloth sleeps 15 to 20 hours a day, while the wild sloth sleeps like humans, about 8-9 hours a day.