Slowly grazing in the trees in far-off lands, there is a creature that is taking the world by storm – the sloth. Probably one of the laziest animals in the world, there is a lot more to the humble sloth than just being named after one of the deadly sins.
They’re furry, just a tad odd looking and really popular, so we’re bringing you all the sloth facts you’ll ever need to know to wow at your next dinner party.
- Even though they’re really lazy, sloths are really good swimmers. Their fur coats even help a smooth passage through water.
- Sloths are green because algae grows on their fur and helps them blend in with the trees around them. Green is a strong look to pull off.
- Being slow is what sloths are known for and they only move 13 feet a minute. Imagine how many meetings you would miss at that pace.
- You will find sloths chilling out in the tropical forests of Central and South America. That’s probably why they move so slowly – they’re too warm!
- Actually, sloths are really slow because their diet is mostly leaves so they don’t get much nutrition. Moving slowly helps conserve energy.
- Living up in the trees can make toilet habits tricky. That’s why sloths come down once a week to poop in the exact same spot. The more you know.
- When sloths are on the ground they’re vulnerable to big cats and hawks, but up in the trees they have no predators. Think of the views.
- There are two types of sloth and their main difference is how many toes they have. Two-toed sloths are just slightly bigger than three-toed sloths.
- The three-toed sloth might not be as big but they can turn their heads almost all the way around.
- There have been many more species of sloths in the past with an extinct species as large as elephants. Imagine that little guy hanging from a tree…