Sunday, March 19, 2017
The sleepy sloth wakes up.
This is a two-toed sloth, so named because it has two toes on the front feet and three in the back. (The three-toed sloth has three toes on the front and back.) They are common throughout Central and South America, and eat primarily leaves, shoots, fruit, nuts, berries, bark, flowers, and even small rodents. They have one of the slowest metabolisms of all mammals, and take up to a month to digest food. Two-toed sloths are slightly larger than their cousins, ranging in length from 23 to 28 inches and weighing 9 to 17.5 pounds.
Two-toed sloths spend most of their lives hanging upside down from trees, as they cannot walk. The live about 20 years in the wild, and up to 40 years in captivity.