Linne's Two-toed Sloth

Linne's Two-toed Sloth

Linne's Two-toed Sloth
Choloepus didactylus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Pilosa
FAMILY
Megalonychidae

Range

Areas east of the Andes in Columbia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Ecuador, Peru and northern Brazil


Habitat

Tropical forest tree canopies


Diet

Leaves, shoots, fruits

Weight

12 - 20 lbs.

Length

24 - 30 in.

Gestation

5 - 6 months

Young

1

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Has two long claws on the front feet, and three on the hind feet
  • Sloths are arboreal (tree-dwellers). They spend almost their entire lives hanging upside down in trees. They eat, sleep, mate, and even give birth in an upside down position.
  • They may sleep as many as 20 hours a day.
  • They are hard to spot high in the tree canopies. Their specialized hair encourages algae growth, which aids in camouflaging them.
  • They are physically unable to walk. They have to crawl from one spot to the other when they decend to the ground.
  • Because of their slow metabolism, it is necessary for sloths to defecate and urinate only once a week.

 

Conservation

There are currently no major threats. Since they are usually found high in the canopy, motionless and virtually invisible, they are not as commonly hunted as armadillos or tamanduas. There are also taboos against their consumption by some native groups.

Least Concern

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