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Young Sloth

Young Sloth
Young sloth

Sloths spend most of their days upside down, hanging by their claws from branches. Sloths have three toes on their hind feet and two or three on their front feet, depending on the species. Each toe ends in a long claw.

Sloths are slow-moving herbivores. They move through trees at night eating leaves. It can take a sloth up to a month to digest a meal; fibrous leaf matter passes slowly through several stomach compartments where if is broken down by bacteria.

Sloths have no incisors or canines, but instead have a number of cylindrical, toothless teeth, used to grind up their food.

The five species of sloth live in the rainforests of Central and South America.

Sloths rarely leave trees
Sloths rarely leave trees

Sloths live almost exclusively in trees. The only time a sloth comes to the ground is to defecate or move to another tree it can not reach through the canopy. On the ground, the sloth drags itself along using its longer, stronger front legs and claws. A sloth’s muscles are small and weak compared to its size.

Three-toed sloths are smaller and slower moving than two-toed sloths. Two-toed sloths have more prominent snots and no tails.

Sloths are commonly about 17 to 30 inches (43-70cm) long and weigh 8 to 9 pounds.

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