What’s a sloth and what do you know about these? These mammals live on trees nearly their whole life and are related to the anteaters. You will notice a similarity between these two if you have a look at their claws, though anteaters use theirs for diggings, and sloths use them for hanging from tree limbs.
They are rather slow in their movements, hence the name”sloth,” which as you may know is the deadliest mortal sin of laziness. Both varieties of sloths are rather common in Central and South American jungles. Below you will find some more fun facts about sloths.
The three toed sloth can rotate its head almost 360 degrees while its mouth features a smiling like shape. This somewhat goofy smiling saying is what endears this creature to a lot of enthusiasts.
The sloth is an mammal known to spend nearly all its whole life on trees, hanging upside down. It rarely moves.
The sloth is so lethargic, that its fur and body frequently act as the host to a diverse range of symbiotic algae, beetles and moths. The algae often gives the sloth a green appearance and actually acts as camouflage
It was formerly believed they slept for up to 20 hours each day, but close observation has demonstrated this to be untrue.
Sloths leave the trees when they would like to defecate or to urinate, which occurs about once weekly. The reason for this is unknown, although it’s speculated that the sound of doing these actions by the trees, as the consequent urine or stool drops through the leaves of the jungle, could attract predators moreso than it is vulnerable position on the ground.
Soths spend most of their entire life clinging on to tree branches they can still retain their grip even after death, thanks to their adaptive muscles and claws. They are often found dead and simply hanging onto branches as if they were alive.
The sloth’s claws are their only natural way of defense.
The sloth gives birth only to one offspring once per year.
Sloths live a solitary life and just come together to mate.
The sloth is considered the slowest land animal on Earth.
Sloths are actually fairly adept swimmers due to their natural buoyancy and long arms.
Sloths have a tummy with 4 compartments, which helps them to digest the tough leaves they feeds on. This process can take up to a month. This diet does not provice much energy which results in its famous slothful nature.