10 facts about sloths You Should Know ! 


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In Central and South America, sloths call large trees their home because their long claws make it difficult for them to walk on the ground. World Animal Protection is committed to protecting wild animals such as sloths, elephants, otters and tigers and keeping them in their natural habitat rather than exposing them to the cruelties of the animal entertainment industry or the trade in exotic animals.

Read on to learn more about these unique animals and why they live in the wild.


10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

10 Interesting facts about sloths


1. It takes two

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

There are two types of laziness, bi- and tridentate laziness. However, this can be confusing, as both types have three claws or "toes" on the hind limbs. In reality, the two-toed sloth should be called a two-toed sloth instead, because the difference between the two is in their front limbs.

2. The Big Brother

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

The modern sloth generally has the size of a medium-sized dog. But the sloth of the past, known as the "Megatherium", could be as big as an Asian elephant! These giant sloths sometimes had areas with small bony discs that served as their "armour" for protection. They became extinct about 10,000 years ago.


3. Natural Camouflage

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

Sloth have a symbiotic relationship with the algae that grow on their fur. While the sloth provides shelter and water for the algae (because the sloth's fur is very absorbent), the algae provide the sloth with camouflage and additional nutrients through their skin.

4. Sloth

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

The impressive biology of a Sloth allows him to spend 90% of his life hanging upside down. Studies show that this is possible because her organs are attached to her chest, which means they do not put any strain on the lungs. This means that, unlike us, a sloth can hang upside down without this affecting his breathing.

5. A green diet

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

The food of a sloth consists mainly of buds, leaves and tender shoots, although some sloth also eat insects and birds as a food supplement. They have a multi-chambered stomach that allows them to digest the hard cellulose they eat efficiently. This process is slow, as it takes 30 days to digest a leaf!

6. When I look at you

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !


Sloths have an additional vertebra at the base of the neck, which allows them to rotate their head around a 270° axis. This gives them an almost 360° view of their surroundings, which proves to be a very advantageous defence mechanism. This unique feature distinguishes sloths from other mammals whose bone structure does not allow this flexibility.

7. The lengths make

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

Although sloths have long claws that make it difficult to go ashore, they can move up to three times faster when swimming - which is surprising given their typically slow character! They can also hold their breath for an impressive 40 minutes and suppress their metabolism to increase their heart rate to a third of their normal speed.

8. Take Your Time

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !


The nature of the sloth allows it to save energy because it moves more slowly than any other mammal on the planet. This modest pace means that sloths generally do not travel more than 38 meters in a single day, and in the rare cases when they are on the ground, they only crawl 30 cm per minute.

The Greek goddess Aergia was the ancient personification of the sloth and was known to sleep frequently. In captivity, the sloth sleeps up to 15-20 hours per day, while the wild sloth sleeps as much as humans, about 8-9 hours per day.

10. A smile In a Photo

10 facts about sloths You Should Know !

The facial structure of a Sloths gives the impression that he or she is constantly smiling - even when pain, stress or fear is present. When sloths are used as photographic props for wildlife, tourists may inadvertently mistake this characteristic for happiness or contentment.

Helping the sloth to stay in its natural habitat

Our study found that the species most commonly used for selfies in the Amazon are sloths, pink river dolphins, anacondas and caimans - with sloths being the most commonly used.

In the wild, sloths generally lead a quiet, sleepy life. When used as props for tourist photos, they are constantly surrounded by noise and mistreated by guides and tourists. Research shows that sloths are often held by their claws or arms without any support, which leads to a high level of fear and stress.


When you travel, photograph sloths and other wildlife when they are in their natural habitat. Say no to anyone who offers to keep a sloth for a photo and sign the Wildlife Sloth Code for more tips on keeping wild animals in their natural habitat. Sloths don't want a hug, they just want to survive.

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