Linnaeus’s Two-Toed Sloth
Size: Weight 8.8 – 18.7 lbs. and 1.9 to 2.3 ft in length
Habitat/Range: High in the canopies of Central and South American tropical rainforests
IUCN Status: Least Concern
- Honey was born November 26, 2019
- Molasses (Mo) was born December 20, 2019
Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths are the slowest animal in the world. They are nocturnal, sleeping 15 - 20 hours per day, waking at night to eat an herbivore diet of berries, leaves, small twigs, fruits and other vegetation. They spend most of their time in the forest canopy, leaving the trees only once a week to defecate. Algae growing on their fur helps camouflage the sloths from predators. Despite their name, the sloth’s hind legs exhibit 3 toes, with their front legs having only 2 webbed toes.