Facts: Amazon Nightmare

Video highlights from Beast Man


  • One of the largest giant ground sloths found to date is the Megatherium americanum which was one of the largest mammals of its time. Growing up 20 feet long and weighing over 3 tons it used its huge and powerful claws for tearing down leaves and branches.

  • Sloths move so slowly those green algae forms on their fur which helps to camouflage them from predators. In fact their fur provides an entire ecosystem to many creatures including beetles and moths.

  • There are both two-toed and three-toed modern day sloths. They are built for a life almost entirely in the trees, where they mate and also give birth. On the ground, they are awkward and clumsy, making them vulnerable to predators. They’re actually better at swimming.

  • Tree-dwelling sloths have extra vertebrae in their neck enabling them to rotate their head an incredible 270 degrees. They also have a famously high pitched call.

  • The pain caused by the bullet ant’s sting is ranked the highest on the Schmidt Pain Index being described as: “Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.”

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