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Scientific name: Choloepus didactylus

Habitat: tropical forests

Diet: mainly leaves and fruits

Life span: 12-15 years (30 years in captivity)

Young: 1 young

Size: up to 9 kg (20 lbs)

While most prey animals move quickly to escape predators, sloths rely on slow movement and camouflage to hide from enemies. They move at speeds of only 0.8 km/h (0.5 mph). Slow movement is much harder to see than quick motions.

Dew and rain makes their coats warm and moist so blue-green algae grows on their fur. The algae makes them blend in with the leaves. Their peculiar way of hanging underneath a branch makes them look like a part of the tree.

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Two-toed sloth on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Central America

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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