The sloth is so slow, moving less than 40 metres a day, that it grows algae on its back.
These mammals weigh in at around 8 kilograms and use their long claws to hang off branches. Sloths may be extremely clumsy on land, but they are actually very good swimmers.
They are found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. They spend most of their lives in the trees, only leaving the treetops to swim and expel waste. They both mate and give birth in trees.
Sloths are herbivores who eat leaves, twigs, buds and fruit. This diet provides them with very little energy or nutrition. They spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping.
There are two different types of sloth – the two-toed and the tree toed. The two-toes sloth, scientific name Choloepus hoffmanni, is slightly larger than the three-toed sloth and able to survive in captivity.
The tree-toed sloth, scientific name Bradypus variegatus, can swivel its neck 270 degrees thanks to extra vertebrae in its neck.
The sloth population is completely dependent on the existence of tropical rainforests which are facing mass deforestation. Sloths are poorly evolved to survive on land.
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